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Parks: Playground Areas Safety and Inspection Checklist

Playgrounds provide clean, safe and enjoyable experiences for children between the ages of 2-12. To do this, use this checklist to ensure playground areas are cleaned, inspected and maintained on a regular basis.
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07/21/2022

Parks: Playground Areas Safety and Inspection Checklist

Playgrounds provide clean, safe and enjoyable experiences for children between the ages of 2-12. To do this, use this checklist to ensure playground areas are cleaned, inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

    Playgrounds are open year round; therefore routine maintenance and cleaning are done throughout the year, which includes:

  • Loose trash pick-up, graffiti and glass removal in and around all play surfaces and fall zones at least once per week; more on high use areas.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • rfaces and fall zones at least once per week; more on high use areas. • Casual Playground Inspections (checking the play equipment for obvious safety hazards and vandalism) by staff when collecting/checking for trash and hazards.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Mulch is maintained within the fall zone to a minimum depth of 9” (compacted); greater depths may be maintained depending upon specific recommendations for a playground component.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Mulch is raked back into swing areas, slide exits, and fall zones at least once per month; more frequently if time allows.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Playground mulch is “fluffed” at least once per year using a mini-rototiller.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Thorough safety inspections are done on each playground area once per month, following a prescribed checklist for entrapment and entanglement hazards.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Safety violations and hazards are documented and then immediately addressed and repaired by staff. If an item cannot be immediately addressed, the playground is marked closed with caution tape, or specific (damaged) parts are removed.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Appropriate signage indicating the target age group for the apparatus is required at each location, and should be clean and easy to read without graffiti or defacing present.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • All playground inspection records are maintained by the Maintenance Supervisor, and follows all city records management guidelines.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
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