Playground Surfacing

Playground Surfacing | Nature of Early Play

The Consumer Product Safety Council (CPSC) estimates that about 60% of all playground equipment-related accidents result from falls to the ground surface. About three-fourths of all fall-related deaths reported to CPSC involved head injuries. If the surface beneath the play equipment is unyielding (such as concrete or asphalt), serious head injuries can result from falls. Therefore, the CPSC recommends that a RESILIENT SURFACE be applied to the ground surface beneath the playground equipment.

Play Mart strongly urges all purchasers of our equipment to comply with these recommendations for safety and liability purposes. The following surfacing options meet the current CPSC recommendation (4.5) and ASTM F 1951 Standard for ADA accessible surface material and the ASTM 1292 Standard for impact attenuation.

As a part of our safety surface installation package, we include a custom-designed play equipment site plan to locate borders and surfacing to be installed by our professional equipment crew.

PIP standard 50 50 mix


  • Thickness is customized for safety and shock absorption
  • Recycled rubber, made from post-consumer and pre/post-industrial recycled flooring materials
  • Porous, ideal for outdoor surfaces that might get wet
  • Practically limitless design options:  school colors, logos, games, geometric shapes
  • Unitary surface (connected, unlike loose rubber or wood fiber)
  • Excellent choice for ADA-compliant pathways
  • Subsurface must be concrete, asphalt or compacted stone.
Loose Fill Rubber Playground Surface

Loose Fill Rubber

Recycled rubber. Will not rot, fade, or float away. Needs containment border. Many color options available. Versatile product that can be used for play use zones and mulch for planter boxes or garden beds.

Available in:  Royal Blue, Forest Green, Terra Cotta, Cocoa Brown, Painted Black, or Natural Black

Engineered Wood Fiber Playground Surface

Engineered Wood Fiber

Organic (compostable) material. This is the most economical choice. The surface must be maintained and refilled to maintain critical height depth for safety. Requires containment border and weed-control fabric.

Play Tiles Playground Surface

Play Tiles

Factory molded interlocking tiles. The tiles are durable and come in several color choices and can be installed in patterns. Sub-surface must be concrete, asphalt or compacted stone. No borders required. Low maintenance.

Turf Playground Surface


Recycled rubber base mat with polyethylene turf fibers and optional rubber in-fill. Sub-surface must be concrete, asphalt, compacted stone or excavated earth. Invitingly green, soft texture resembling real grass.

swing pad

Swing Mat

Swing Mats are ideal under swings to provide an additional cushion and to minimize kick-out of loose-fill surfacing. These 1.5” thick mats feature a beveled edge that reduces tripping hazards. Measure 60” x 40” x 1.5” Available in black only.