Playground design

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about playground design

NewsNews • 1 Aug 2022

Curving school complex by Joly & Loiret offers an inspiring range of interior and exterior learning spaces

In Villepreux, France, this new school by Joly & Loiret is thoughtfully inserted into the landscape. Gently curving in form, the complex offers a range of inspiring spaces both interior and exterior, including both private school spaces and more fluid urban concepts for the broader community. Schnepp-Renou The main façade of the school is a sweeping curve that progressively reveals an open area to the northwest corner of the site. Oriented to the sun and functioning as a buffer between the school and adjacent buildings, this urban square space is public and open to both the community and the school. Schnepp-Renou The main school buildings are arranged at the perimeter of the site to free up a central area for play... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Sandsprit Park Revitalization

If you’re in Southeast Florida looking to enjoy a day near or on the water, Sandsprit Park in Stuart, FL is the place! Situated right on the Eastern Coast, this park features a number of amenities for children and pavilions that are available for rent for parties and events. The 3,100 sq. ft. outdoor playground previously featured sand beneath the climbing and play structures. When deciding on what safety surfacing is right for your playground, a few key questions should come to mind: © sofSURFACES Inc. 1) What is the total cost of ownership? 2) What long-term maintenance resources are required? 3) Will it meet accessibility requirements? 4) Will it meet ASTM Fall Protection Requirements? If so, for how long? 5) Will I... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Primary Schools

Pleasant Hill Elementary School

After several years of dealing with some of the frustrations with poured-in-place surfaces such as: shrinkage, weeds growing through the surface, high maintenance and upkeep costs, hardening and premature wear in most of the high-wear areas, it was time to investigate other surfacing options. © sofSURFACES Inc. With the safety of their students and the rising maintenance costs being their biggest concerns, Pleasant Hill Elementary School landed on our duraSAFE® Plus Series Rubber Playground Tiles. © sofSURFACES Inc. One of the benefits that most attracted them to this type of a system in addition to the long-term cost savings is that duraSAFE offers a best-in-industry limited lifetime warranty on the tile – w... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Nederland Elementary School

Just 45 miles from Denver and 17 miles from Boulder, sits Nederland Elementary School – uniquely nestled into the Colorado mountain-side some 8,000 feet above sea level. Located on Sundown Trail, this school is surrounded by vast National Forests offering majestic views of peaks over 10,000 feet high. This is perhaps one of the most exclusive locations you might find for an elementary school! This unique and sprawling building footprint offers the children of Nederland four fully accessible play areas – all at different elevations. The bold use of vibrant colors are accentuated with the breathtaking views of Boulder Valley. In total, these massive play areas feature over 13,000 square feet of duraSAFE® Rubber Playground Til... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Montclair Park Revitazlization

Another beauty in Oakland, CA! Welcome to Montclair Park! This park is nestled in a mature treed area and features two separate play surfaces with nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of duraSAFE® Rubber Playground Tiles. Installed over granular with a curved stone and concrete perimeter, this one is worth seeing! © sofSURFACES Inc. © sofSURFACES Inc. © sofSURFACES Inc. © sofSURFACES Inc. More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Inspiring & Inclusive – Gabriel Park Playground

Featuring a number of unique play devices, this park removes barriers to all who want to play! Many of the play areas include structures that can be enjoyed by not only children with differing abilities and those with assistive devices, but also by family and friends that are with them to provide care. Some of the park's special features include an in ground trampoline and an inclusive spinner that users can wheel or walk onto. Adaptive swings for individuals and groups are also available for children of all ages and abilities. Perhaps the best feature of all though, are the accessibile routes that lead to all of the play areas. Gabriel Park is now the perfect place for children to make friends and explore their abilities while playing sa... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Primary Schools

E. Bloomfield Elementary School Playground

This stunning park revitalization at East Bloomfield Elementary School in Bloomfield, New York now features over 15,000 sq. ft. of duraSAFE Premium Rubber Playground Tiles. Divided into two large outdoor play areas, this school playground design does an excellent job of accommodating the rolling landscape surrounding the school.  With the safety of their students being the number one priority, there were also mounting concerns about some of their existing surfacing systems being too costly to maintain and repair. Beginning with the end in mind, this customer took a close look at what the long-term maintenance costs would be of maintaining a failing surfacing system over a number of years. The results were shocking. Having a unitary s... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Pulaski Park Restoration

Make a bold statement with color! Welcome to Pulaski Park Bloomfield, NJ (USA). This is what safety, unmatched durability and years of maintenance-free performance looks like. This park features our economically manufactured Plus Series duraSAFE® Rubber Playground Tiles. Our Plus series is manufactured using 100% recycled rubber. Elongated rubber stands or "buffing" are utilized in the wear layer of the tile for increased durability and a smooth visual texture while color is achieved using our specially formulated Plus Series pigments. Our team of sales experts will work with you to ensure your park has a unique flare in design by mixing colors together that compliment your park's structures. Caption Caption For over three de... More

NewsNews • 5 Apr 2022

Cahill Park and Amenities Café serves as a cocoon-like gateway to the surrounding park and beyond

The Cahill Park and Amenities Café in Cahill Park, New South Wales, is a new recreational destination for the Wolli Creek area. Designed by Architects Hayball, the new facility serves as a gateway to the surrounding park and beyond. Michael Nicholson The building design draws its form and materiality from the site conditions that surround it. The cocoon-like form provides both a visual and aural refuge for the café, shielding park users from the nearby Princes Highway while at the same time opening up in the other direction to the Cooks River vista. The expansive vista of the café allows patrons to engage with the popular existing playground, fostering optimal usability and casual surveillance of the park. Mich... More
Linden Park, Columbus, OH (10,216 sq. ft.)
Dodge Park, Columbus, OH (12,557 sq. ft.)
Dodge Park, Columbus, OH (12,557 sq. ft.)
Dodge Park, Columbus, OH (12,557 sq. ft.)
Dodge Park, Columbus, OH (12,557 sq. ft.)

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Ohio Park Transformations

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) confirms that a staggering 200,000 American children funnel through emgergency rooms annually due to injuries sustained on playgrounds. 80% of these injuries are attributed to falls to the surface – falls from elevated decks, railings, jungle gyms, swings, slides and overhead ladders. Caption Caption Mock Park, (4,600 sq. ft.), Dodge Park (12,600 sq. ft.) and Linden Community Center Park (10,200 sq. ft.) – all located in Columbus, OH feature elaborate playground structures that have recently undergone major surfacing transformations. All three parks now feature duraSAFE Rubber Playground tiles, manufactured by sofSURFACES – one of the only playground surfacing m... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Madden Park Ribbon Cutting

When you ask Raymond Giacobbe, Mayor of Rahway, NJ what the number one priority is for the parks within his community, he’ll tell you “It’s the safety of our children”. We started working with the City of Rahway several years ago when they approached us about improving the safety of their parks. Now, after several park transformations, it has become very apparent that not only are their parks cleaner and safer, but one park at a time, they are helping to bring their communities closer together. This is a great example of “begin with the end in mind”! Understanding that upfront investment in a unitary surfacing system like draSAFE far outweighs the long-term material and labor costs associated with mainta... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Civic Center Park Transformation

Sue Higgins, Mayor of the City of Oakley, California was first introduced to sofSURFACES through her local city engineer, Kevin Rohani. After hearing concerns brought forward from her Parks Manager about other playground surfacing systems simply not meeting the standard, it was an easy decision for the City of Oakley to move towards a unitary surfacing system like duraSAFE Rubber Playground Tiles. sofSURFACES There were a number of key influencers such as the concern for safety around fall height projection for their local children, displacement of loose fill surfacing due to wind and heavy use, vandalism, frequent time-consuming maintenance and the costs associated with long-term maintenance, that made this an easy decision. sofSU... More

Project • By sofSURFACES Inc.Parks/Gardens

Lancaster Park Transformation

sofSURFACES has been working with the community of Rocky Mount, NC for several years now. With many of their playground structures outfitted with various types of loose-fill systems, Kelvin Yarrell, Superintendent of Parks & Cemeteries for Rocky Mount knew it was time for a change. Vandalism has been an ongoing concern in many of their park areas – so were the rising labour and maintenance costs with maintaining these wood-chip systems. Maintaining a loose fill system requires frequent raking, levelling and top-dressing with additional wood chips and the removal of garbage/debris quite regularly. In heavy-use areas such as at the bottom of slides, beneath swings, or at the base of any rotating structures, wood chips would become... More

NewsNews • 19 Jun 2021

Waaplayscape takes a radical (yet playful) approach to an industrial neighbourhood regeneration

Designed by we architech anonymous, Waaplayscape takes a radical approach to an urban site within an industrial warehouse complex by grafting layers onto the existing roof and courtyard spaces between a building complex comprised of one warehouse and one office building.  The result is a new place for play distinct from the surrounding industrial vernacular. Tian Fan Fan The technique of hooking new functions onto an existing mass results in clear functional gains for the previously unusable area. This includes increasing area under the central mound by 600 sqm and utilizing extra available area on the roof which accounts for 879 sqm. These functions also provide extended outside play into the winter and summer climate extremes.... More

Product • By Unity Surfacing SystemsXL-Series


Our 4” thick XL-Series is designed to meet and exceeds all of your project needs for use on TALL playground areas, rock-walls, recreational areas, diving boards, etc. Where a twelve (12’) foot fall rating is required. It is the foundation for a smart, long-term investment in durability and beauty that will last for years to come.As the industry leader, the superior raw materials we provide, coupled with our proprietary manufacturing process, unique design and large size product gives you the strongest, high quality, environment friendly rubber tile system above all overs.All of our products are independently laboratory tested with respect to ASTM, CPS, AD, FM safety standards and guidelines to be installed over new and existing... More