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Three things you need to check on your playground after a severe weather event

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Twisters, flooding, and hail, oh my!

Three things you need to check on your playground after a severe weather event

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We all know that the price we pay for living in the beautiful southeastern United States is the extreme weather. From ridiculous humidity to summer-time droughts, and from hurricanes in the gulf to flying trampolines, there’s no end to the extremes we can experience in any three-month period. Make sure your playground is safe for play following any major severe weather event.

Inspect It

After any major weather event a good inspection is a necessity.

  1. Check for any erosion around playground equipment footings. If you notice any significant erosion shut the playground down and contact your playground manufacturer immediately.
  2. How’s the hardware? Check all the nuts and bolts to see if any are missing and tighten any that are loose. If you’re missing any hardware replace it immediately.
  3. Internal flooding? Many slides, climbers, and other playground components are double walled rotationally molded plastic pieces. In extreme flooding these can be filled with floodwater and need to be drained. It’s best to drill a small hole (about ¼” or smaller) on the underside in a low and unused area, for example the bottom of a slide.

It’s also a good idea to inspect all moving parts and safety surfacing throughout the playground. To learn more about how to inspect playgrounds after severe weather click here.

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Cole Smith , Director of Parks & Recreation
Working with Struthers Recreation and their Representative, Alan Mumbower, has been a great experience. Too many times in the recreational field, companies only care about getting their product in your park and once it is there, they forget about you. That is not the case working with Alan and Struthers. They are great on the front end, helping to stay within budget and deciding what best fits your needs. They are great working with during the installation process and making sure things are being done correctly and not cutting corners, and on the back end, staying in touch to make sure you are happy with end results and making sure that everything continues to function as it should. They are always quick to help resolve any issues that may arise after installation, so you as the consumer remain happy, and your participants using the equipment have an enjoyable experience!
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Brooke Heisler , Preschool & MDO Director
We had such a positive experience working with Struthers Recreation! They were so helpful throughout the planning and installation process with excellent communication every step of the way. We are so pleased with the end result and the total transformation of our preschool playground. I would certainly recommend Struthers to anyone looking to upgrade an outdoor play space!
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Gail Wilking , Mayor
I have never worked with anyone as helpful as Struthers Recreation. They treated us as their special people. They completed their work on time, as promised, and continue to check on us. They are awesome!
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Adrian Cleckler , Director of Park Operations
After working in this field for over 20 years, there is no company I’d rather collaborate with. Struthers Recreation takes pride in their work, and it shows. It is difficult to find a company with such exceptional customer service and their attention to detail is far superior to others.
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Bonnie Sullivan , Principal
We truly had a wonderful experience with the people here. From the initial meeting to the completed project, they worked with us, planned efficiently, and created exactly what we needed! They listened to our ideas and were vey patient with us while creating the playground our school needed. Mr. Drew Warren, Project Manager, was very professional, assisted us in creating what we needed, and established a great partnership with us! He went above and beyond by always being prompt in returning calls, answering questions, and even attended our ribbon cutting! I give this company an A for being Awesome!