Daycare installs crumb rubber playground surface

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By Navisha Collins

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Child Development Center installed Playsafer Rubber Mulch on their playground on May 28. The installation was made possible through a matching grant from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

“We did a lot of fundraising and several parents donated to help match the grant,” said Patty Edwards, director. “In all, the improvements totaled over $10,000.”

The purpose of installing the mulch is to prevent injury while on the playground. More than 200,000 children annually are injured in playground related incidents. The mulch, which is installed at six inches deep and does not deteriorate or compress, creates a bouncy surface and reduces impact, thus reducing the amount of force applied in a fall.

Crumb rubber mulch is made from used tires that are processed and shredded. The process removes the wires and colors the rubber with polymer coatings. This coating does not stain clothes and is non-toxic.

The rubber mulch, unlike its predecessor wood chips, does not have to be replaced annually and carries a lifetime guarantee, making it a much more cost-effective alternative.

Additional benefits of the rubber mulch are: it will not breed or attract insects, requires minimal maintenance, quick drying, reduces dust and mud, stays in place and it will not rot or mold.

In addition to the reduction of injury, the rubber mulch helps to reduce the amount of scrap tires. Of the four million scrap tires a year generated by Kentuckians, three million of those tires are repurposed mostly as playground mulch. This is part of an ongoing effort by the state to reduce stockpiles of tire waste as whole tires are banned from landfills and piling tires up can create breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Bullfrogs &Butterflies is located at 623 Tanner Road, Hodgenville. They are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.