Boulder Valley School District

Improving ADA Access on Playgrounds

So that students of all physical abilities can benefit from play and exercise, playground mulch on a number of elementary playgrounds would be replaced with rubberized, solid surfaces. Engineered Wood Fiber ("playground mulch") is used on many BVSD playgrounds to create a soft surface in fall zones around play equipment. This material is considered to be ADA accessible in building codes but can be hard to navigate for children in wheelchairs or with other mobility differences. Solid, rubberized surfaces will improve accessibility while also providing padding for falls. An added benefit is that this surface stays in place, unlike the mulch which is easily blown off of playgrounds to sidewalks or neighboring properties. 

Examples of playground surface material