Winter has arrived, and with it comes the enchantment of snow-covered playgrounds. While children and families eagerly embrace the frosty wonderland, it’s essential to ensure that the play equipment remains safe and functional. Let’s explore winter playground maintenance tips and how to keep your play space both secure and enjoyable during the colder months.

1. Remove Snow and Ice:

The beauty of a snow-covered playground is undeniable, but it can also pose risks. Accumulated snow and ice can add weight to the equipment. Regularly removing snow and ice is vital to prevent damage to the equipment and potential safety hazards.

2. Tighten Loose Bolts and Fasteners:

Cold temperatures can cause materials to contract, potentially loosening bolts and fasteners. Regularly inspect and tighten any loose components to maintain the structural integrity of the equipment. For any missing or damaged pieces, Midstates Recreation offers an extensive selection of replacement parts.

3. Check Surfacing Materials:

Playground surfacing materials, such as rubber or wood chips, may show signs of wear or displacement due to winter weather. Ensure they are level and in good condition to provide adequate fall protection for children.

4. Ensure Proper Drainage:

Winter often brings rain and melting snow. Ensuring proper drainage on and around the playground is essential to prevent water buildup. Standing water can damage equipment and create slippery surfaces.

Winter playground maintenance is vital to ensure the longevity of your play equipment. By addressing issues promptly and preventing damage, you not only keep the playground safe but also extend its lifespan. This winter, make a commitment to regular inspections and maintenance, and you’ll enjoy a safe and long-lasting play space for your community.

Midstates Recreation designs, supplies, and builds community-enhancing recreational play and site structures. Midstates Recreation offers a variety of playground equipment in communities located in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Our emphasis is not only to create play and recreation spaces for all but to also provide a truly valuable and inclusive addition to your community! Contact your local sales representative to learn more.

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