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2012-12-01, Department, by Amy Kapp

The Chicago Park District recently completed a five-year capital improvement plan to improve inclusion and reduce barriers to accessibility. Ninety-three playgrounds were renovated.The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design require park and recreation agencies to comply w....

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OK, but you neglected to investigate and report on two very important issues dealing with poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing. First, the short warranties and functional lifespan of this type of surfacing and second, the difficulty and higher cost of removal and replacement.


Some of these points were addressed in the "Material Matters—Costs, Durability, and Maintenance" section. It sounds like the Chicago Park District has had success with their manufacturer--you may want to get in touch with Linda Daly there to get more information on her agency's experience.