Playing It Safe
When Tony Malkusak steps onto the playground, it’s a game of I Spy.
“I try to take a fair amount of time just to observe, take in the equipment, the space itself, the circulation pattern, and get as much of an understanding of the environment and play space area as possible,” says Malkusak, president and landscape architect at Abundant Playscapes, Inc. in Iowa City, Iowa. He’s among the army of thousands of certified inspectors across the country checking the local play spaces and equipment kids fearlessly climb up, scramble over, and leap from. Questions around playground safety first sparked two decades ago over a contraption known as the Giant St....
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We need each state to make it a law to inspect playground equipment.
It's not law in Canada yet either but we do have the Canadian Standards Association requirements to follow for playgrounds (similar to ASTM standards in the US).
I agree, there needs to be a statewide mandate to ensure playground and play space safety.
Excellent article. Very informative.