SOURCE: ForeverLawn

playground grass, playground surface, artificial turf, synthetic turf, artificial grass, ADA

September 15, 2010 12:02 ET

Playground Grass by ForeverLawn Leads the Way for Safety and Accessibility for Children's Playgrounds

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwire - September 15, 2010) -  After several years of industry leadership in playground surfacing, ForeverLawn, whose artificial grass is specifically designed for playgrounds and is backed up by more than six years of commercial installation experience, is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

"We felt it was important to create a playground surface that promotes safety and accessibility for children of all levels of physical ability," said Brian Karmie, vice president of ForeverLawn.

ForeverLawn's Playground Grass gives children with varying physical abilities the chance to have fun on safe, easily accessible playgrounds. Wheelchairs, crutches and braces all move easily over the cushioned safety surface, which includes barrier-free edging, allowing a seamless transition from hard surfaces to the grass.

An excellent example of Playground Grass in use is the recently completed Common Ground project in Lakeland, Fl. The playground is the first of its kind in the city and features unique play experiences for all children, including the 17,000 children in the area who have a range of physical and cognitive abilities. Common Ground won the prestigious Field of Dreams Award which recognizes the substantial impact synthetic turf has on today's youth. The award is given by the Synthetic Turf Council.

Playground Grass in the Common Ground project covers 25,000 square feet of the play zones to help connect the barrier-free play elements. The grass also holds up to Florida's extreme weather. It drains almost instantly after the heaviest of tropical rains and remains cooler than other typical safety surfaces such as rubber.

"The use of ForeverLawn in our project enables us to improve upon our green initiatives by reducing our dependence on chemical sprays, fertilizer and mechanical equipment," said Pam Page, City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department. "Incorporation as a playground surface provides an environmentally sound surface which provides fall zone protection for our children at play."

Playground Grass was the first artificial turf product to be ASTM 1292 certified for fall zone area heights up to 12 feet and was the first fall-safe artificial grass to be ADA compliant. The main cause of injury on a playground is due to falls to the surface, which constitutes 79% of all playground injuries (United States Consumer Product Safety Commission). The grass is the first and only artificial turf to be certified as Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) compliant. The product line also offers antimicrobial options, helping create a cleaner, safer environment.

ForeverLawn voluntarily participates in a third-party product certification program administered by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). This certification ensures the playground owner that the products have been tested and the installation training procedures are in compliance.

For more information, visit www.playgroundgrass.com/news-ada/ or call Donna Kent at 505.217.0177.

About ForeverLawn
ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain -- due to high traffic or poor conditions -- ForeverLawn offers a realistic alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, GolfGreens, and SplashGrass. 

ForeverLawn -- Grass without limits. www.foreverlawn.com

Contact Information

  • Corporate Contact:
    Donna Kent
    Phone: 505.217.0177
    Email: Email Contact

    Agency Contact:
    Ryan Wilkinson
    Phone: 330.655.5029
    Email: Email Contact