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PGold
01-22-2007, 05:48 PM
I have been asked to build a playground for a Kindergarten. They would like the playground to be 3000 square feet. They want the resilient turf rubber for the ground, and it has to drain properly. I was wondering if anybody here has worked with the rubber turf. I have not. I am trying to decide whether it is better to have everything drain into the center of the playground and have a french drain... or whether it is better to drain everything to the outside of the playground. I don't want the school to call me back to correct a drainage issue. There will be a mesh that is put over the clay base to separate the ground from the rubber. Any advise is greatly appreciated.

PurpHaze
01-22-2007, 09:12 PM
I have been asked to build a playground for a Kindergarten. They would like the playground to be 3000 square feet. They want the resilient turf rubber for the ground, and it has to drain properly. I was wondering if anybody here has worked with the rubber turf. I have not. I am trying to decide whether it is better to have everything drain into the center of the playground and have a french drain... or whether it is better to drain everything to the outside of the playground. I don't want the school to call me back to correct a drainage issue. There will be a mesh that is put over the clay base to separate the ground from the rubber. Any advise is greatly appreciated.

I've never worked with the stuff but I have worked with French drains in the past. They WILL fill up with silt eventually and stop working... some sooner, some later. :)

PurpHaze
01-22-2007, 09:36 PM
Are you referring to the stuff in these pictures as the "rubber turf" you'll be installing? This is Almondridge Park in Antioch, CA (bay area) where my son and daughter-in-law live. The rubber cover, sometimes referred to as "bounce-back" around here is on graded ground that slopes from one side to another. It is quite bouncy. I noticed no drains whatsoever.

PGold
01-24-2007, 12:26 AM
I should have been more clear. The material that we will be using is from this website... http://www.groundscapekids.com/products/commercial.php . It is a rubber "mulch."

PurpHaze
01-24-2007, 07:57 AM
Similar to many products used in my area. I still would not use a French drain though.

Trim Creations
01-27-2007, 12:43 PM
Yes we built a play ground and we put down landscape paper then 6inch of peagravel then more landscape paper then 6inch of the rubber mulch. It has been on the ground for 2yrs with know problems.