29 May Guidelines For Re-Opening Playgrounds
We at EcoPlay Structures know that the current environment feels like everything is upside down…
Across the country, playgrounds that have been closed for months are beginning to re-open. What is the best way to do this? What should be done after re-opening to keep the playground safe? Where can you go for answers?
There are two online sites recommended for up-to-date information and answers to your Playground/COVID-19 questions.
The first is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, which has a section dedicated to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Scroll down this page and you will notice a box entitled “Helping Communities Plan And Respond” with subcategories Childcare, Schools, and Parks and Recreational Facilities.
Another useful site has been created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). There is a lot of information on this site, but you will probably be most interested in the “Specific Guidance for Common Park and Recreation Spaces, Facilities and Programs”.
In addition to these two sites, be sure to review your city, county and state websites for any information specific to your geographic location – such as mandated closing/re-opening dates and any rules/regulations you will have to meet/follow in order to be compliant.
We look forward to the time when all of us can safely play on playgrounds again. Understandably, playground purchases may have been put on hold. However, designing and planning for a new playground can sometimes take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Now is the time to consider an upgrade to your current playground equipment, or if you have thought about putting a new one together. Contact us now to begin the design process to Planet Friendly Fun!