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Question regarding play area for child?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by FIRESCOOBY, Apr 23, 2005.


    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    I am wanting to make a play area for my girl (just turned 1 year). We bought a very large swingset/ slide that can be used for many years.

    My plan is using 6X6 PT landscape timbers to make the area. I was planning on using sand to fill but someone was telling me about a "sand parasite"? I also got to thinking about cats. We have some inconsiderate neighbors that leave their cats to freely roam. I am sure they will use the sand as their "litter box".

    I would like to do the rubber mulch, but it seems very expensive.

    Anyone have any other ideas as what to use? Thanks
  2. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    For many years the pediatric association was suggesting using pea stone 6" minimum under swing sets. We have built many swing set sites using pea stone. My own experience is that my youngest daughter would spread the peastones from one end of the yard to the other playing with them. I would now recommend the rubberific mulch.
  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Firescooby, I would not use sand like you said in your thread, CATS! they think its their own personal litter box. Have tried just regular mulch? a fine cut type. They make rubber matting but probably expensive though. I think your kinda limitted if you don't want to spend the $$$$ for rubber matting. :waving:
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    hey have mulches specialy made for play areas such as playground Shocklab and some other names they are certified and tested to be safe for playgrounds.Do a search.
  5. rsls

    rsls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    i have pea gravel in my children's play area and it works well. i have also used sand and it tends to make a mess with the kids and a great litter box for the cats. :blob3:
  6. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Pea stone here as well. I'm about to re-edge it with 4x6 timbers but the pea stone works well and is about 1/2 the price of the rubberized mulch. There is also no need to replace it on an annual basis. There is not really an issue with the kids spreading it in the grass either, we set the limits when the kids come over to play.
  7. greywynd

    greywynd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    A few years ago I remember the school board here switched all of the play areas like that to pea gravel, for just those reasons, because of the cats, and there were some other reasons too. (I think maybe parasites, but can't recall now for sure.)
  8. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Check some of your local day care facilities.

    Pensacola, Florida

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Thanks for the help guys. i guess pea gravel it is.

    Thanks for the help.
  10. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    I agree. there are several brands/types designed for play grounds. Search the dealers in your area.

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