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Items found in a PlaygroundA new community playground almost certainly will require a cascade of decisions based on the many components involved: site location, equipment choices, landscaping, budget, and the like. Fortunately, once a community is committed to moving forward, project planning, implementation, and even maintenance of the playground may be accommodated through a variety of Statewide Contract resources. If you’re starting from scratch and don’t have engineering expertise in-house, find these resources on Statewide Contract PRF69 Facilities Engineering Services through the Civil Engineering category.

Playground Equipment, Maintenance, Surfacing, Amenities, and More
For all intents and purposes, the Strategic Sourcing Team on Statewide Contract FAC104 Landscaping Products, Parks and Recreation Equipment, and Related Products, Supplies, and Services, comprehensively thought through remaining playground product and service needs which were incorporated in several FAC104 categories:

  • Work with awarded Playground Equipment vendors (Category 6) to explore a vast array of equipment choices, develop quality playground designs, and gain negotiated contract discounts. Ask vendors about equipment meeting Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, and recycled content requirements. Specify that installations be done according to manufacturers’ specifications and check installer references and certifications.
  • According to the National Program for Playground Safety, a comprehensive maintenance plan should be in place before a playground is constructed. When speaking with FAC104 vendors, inquire about available maintenance plans and be sure to obtain maintenance documents that explain how to care for equipment, along with warranty information. Maintainability of equipment choices also is an important upfront discussion point. For example, moving parts, such as swings and spinners — popular with children — typically wear more quickly so it may be prudent to have replacement parts on hand.
  • As per Safe Kids Worldwide, playgrounds should be equipped with shock-absorbing surfacing to cushion children in case of falls. FAC104 offers a variety of playground surfacing material options (Category 7).
  • Supervision is an important safety component. Plan proper signage (Category 8) to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of supervision and to publish playground rules. Install fencing (Category 13) so children may more easily be contained in the playground space.
  • Address aesthetics and other safety and functional elements through FAC104: nursery products (Category 1), shade protection (Category 10), sports/fitness equipment (Category 9), water play options (Category 11), and other site amenities: outdoor seating, trash receptacles, bike racks, etcetera (Category 8).

Have FAC104 questions? Contact the Contract Manager, Sorraia Tavares, at 617-720-3304. Refer PRF69 Facilities Engineering questions to Ann-Maria Bennett, Contract Manager, at 617-720-3314.

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