Town replaces playground surface with recycled tire material
The surface of popular playground in Stony Plain has received a much-needed makeover and is now cleaner, safer, eco-friendly and significantly more attractive.
The Town replaced the sand-surface of the Stony Plain Outdoor Pool playground with recycled rubber. More than 2,520 recycled car tires were used to resurface the 1,800 square-foot area. A joint-initiative between the Town and the Stony Plain Rotary Club, the $40,294 playground resurfacing project started on May 31 and was completed on Aug. 23.
Mayor William Choy and members of Town Council were at the site on Aug. 28 to officially re-open the facility in a brief ceremony that included cheque presentations from representatives from the Rotary Spray Park and the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA).
Previously, the playground surface was made up of sand-material. Users of the facility were tracking sand from the playground surface to the Spray Park, resulting in unsanitary conditions and clogging of the Spray Park’s filtration system, which operates on a recirculating water system to maintain water quality and lessen the environmental impact. In addition to the mechanical concerns, increasing amounts of sand were tracked into the Pool change rooms, which share access with the Spray Park.
The Town explored numerous options to ensure safety, easy maintenance, visual appeal and universal accessibility. Through this research, and based on past experience with recycled tire tiles, the Town determined that a rubber surface was the ideal solution. Other factors considered included the lifespan of the material, environmental impacts and regular maintenance. Council approved the project at the regular Town Council meeting on Jan. 28.
In 2012, the Town applied for funding through the Municipal Demonstration Grant, administered by the ARMA. The grant, which is available through the province’s tire recycling program, assists municipalities with purchasing recycled tire products for public projects. More than $6.6 million has been awarded to 342 project applicants for the recycled tire products that have been installed in parks, playgrounds walking trails, arenas and other recreational facilities. Since ARMA’s inception of the tire recycling program in 1992, 72 million scrap tires have been recycled in Alberta.
The Town was successful in its bid, receiving $20,846 from the ARMA. The Rotary Club contributed $12,500, and the Town pitched in the remaining funds – $6,498 from its Outdoor Recreation Reserve and $4,986 for labour and equipment to remove the previous surface material.
Edmonton-based Softline Solutions supplied Pour-in-Place surfacing, a resilient, impact-weakening surface, specifically designed to meet CSA Standards. The resilient qualities greatly reduce the risk of fall injuries. The company uses mainly recycled tire material to produce a wide variety of products.
About the Stony Plain Outdoor Swimming Pool Playground
The playground equipment was replaced with new equipment in 2008 to complement the Outdoor Pool and offer a place for families to spend time together in a free-play environment. In the vicinity are numerous ball diamonds, soccer fields, tracks and a premier football field. In 2012, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Stony Plain and the Government of Alberta, the Town opened the Rotary Spray Park, adjacent to the playground.
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- Rudy Zacharias, Corporate Communications Coordinator