Many new advances in technology have made positive changes in the construction of playgrounds. Specifically, innovation has come in the forms of increased environmental sustainability, heightened safety, and more durability. Obviously, these three areas are extremely important to the well being of the public. The ways in which contemporary playscape companies have been able to develop solutions to modern day problems are remarkable.
In terms of environmental sustainability, the HAGS brand, as it says on their website, has been certified to the ISO 14001 standard, a highly regarded environmental stability standard throughout the world, since 1997. Miracle Recreation Equipment Company has implemented many tactics to increase sustainability as well. For instance, they recycle unused powder coat paint to cut back on waste. Furthermore, as much recycled steel and aluminum as possible is used in the crafting of playgrounds. In fact, Miracle’s posts, walls, and handrails are made from at least 50% recycled steel and the post clamps and caps are made with “as much as 100% post-consumer aluminum.”
For added durability, which also increases economic value, Miracle, as mentioned on their website, uses robotic welding techniques that add precision to the forging process. Also, the largest rotational molding machines in the industry have increased ingenuity and originality and have made productions of large scale playgrounds better in quality because they can handle the increased size more easily. Furthermore, the clamping, coating, and painting processes at Miracle are state-of-the-art, making the playscape features more durable to all weather conditions and most wear and tear.
Aware that true safety is only attained through rigorous testing, the HAGS brand, as it says on their website, has complied to and built under the most serious standard in the world since 1977—the German DIN norm. HAGS attests to the fact that severe accidents on playgrounds mostly occur on playgrounds that have not undergone the appropriate testing. So, they mean business when it comes to the safety of children. Innovations across the board, these two playground companies have put into practice procedures and techniques to further high standards in safety, durability, and sustainability. And it is certain they will continue to raise the bar in the future.