Playground Resurfacing at Pioneer ParkNews Article
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has completed a thorough examination of the playground at Pioneer Park in Electoral Area "I" (Kaleden), and determined that the current surface will need to be replaced as it does not meet safety standards (as per the National Standard of Canada CSA Z614:20).
The playground surface is made from pea gravel, an outdated product with significant disadvantages related to wheelchair accessibility, maintenance costs, and general safety. Additionally, pea gravel is no longer available for purchase as it does not meet the industry standard.
The pea gravel will be replaced with industry-approved engineered wood fiber (mulch). Recent research has shown that this product improves user experience of playgrounds by allowing for wheelchair accessibility and reducing impact. Additional improvements include lowering insect infestation and fungal growth, decreasing the mess of loose materials such as pea gravel, and allowing for adequate drainage which will lower long-term maintenance costs.
The Regional District aims to maintain a safe environment for members of the community to play and recreate. Installation of the new engineered wood fiber product in playgrounds has been welcomed in communities throughout the region.
For further information, please contact Justin Shuttleworth, RDOS Parks & Facilities Manager.
Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
RDOS Manager of Parks and Facilities