Canadian Community Builds Playground with Mulch from Tires

Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, manufactured by LTR Products, was used for surfacing.

October 27, 2011
CDR Staff
Green Building Demolition

Frog Lake, a small community of the Native American Crees located in Alberta has completed a new playground for its 1,000 residents, which was built using only 100 percent recycled materials. Pinnacle Rubber Mulch was selected for the playground's safety surfacing. Manufactured by LTR Products, a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling, Pinnacle Rubber Mulch comes from recycled scrap tires, making it what the company calls “an innovative and eco-friendly alternative to wood mulch for landscaping and playgrounds.”

“In Canada, year-round harsh weather conditions put wood mulch safety surfaces at risk for deterioration and freezing,” Brad Pittam, LTR Products general manager, says. “With Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, the Frog Lake community will have a playground that is safe throughout the year as our rubber mulch doesn't absorb water and freeze into a solid block like wet wood mulch can. Finally, not only is it safe and eco-friendly but also cost effective. When you compare the expense of multiple applications of wood mulch with an up-front purchase of rubber mulch, Pinnacle Rubber Mulch actually costs up to 65 percent less over a nominal five-year period as it resists floating, blowing away and deteriorating.”

More than 96,000 pounds of redwood Pinnacle Rubber Mulch were installed at the new Frog Lake playground. As a playground safety surface, a 6-inch layer of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch will cushion a child's fall from as high as 16 feet, providing up to 50 percent more fall-height protection than wood mulch using half of the material, according to LTR. Additionally, rubber mulch is non-allergenic, non-toxic and harmless to plants, pets and children. It is also clean, minimizes airborne dust and particles and does not splinter like wood mulch, the company adds.

Unlike wood mulch, Pinnacle Rubber Mulch is resistant to wind and water erosion, bug and rodent infestation and fading caused by sunlight and decomposition, according to LTR.

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