Researchers for the
two organizations found that 80% of the public
school, municipal and federal playgrounds in at
least 28 states had surfaces that were too hard
(concrete, asphalt or packed dirt). Nearly half of
those playgrounds had climbing equipment that was
too high (more than 6 feet tall).
Other dangers found
include equipment with openings that can entrap
children, and swings that are too close together.
Almost a third of the slides and climbing equipment
have an inadequate fall zone, often because there
are obstacles underneath where a child might fall.