19 city parks to get 850 cubic yards of wood playground fiber

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850 cubic yards of wood playground fiber headed to 19 Richmond parks
An example of the Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) that will be applied to 19 Richmond playgrounds to boost safety. Photo: Applied Landscaping Materials, which has been recommended for the Richmond contract.

In an effort to maintain safety at Richmond playgrounds, city officials are planning to spend nearly $30,000 on 850 cubic yards of blown-in engineered wood playground fiber for 19 parks.

The planned expenditure appears on the Richmond City Council agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

“As part of the city’s playground maintenance program, safety surfacing is refreshed periodically as needed to ensure that the required standards are maintained and the playground users are protected from injuries,” according to city documents. “This contract will allow the installation of needed surfacing material at 19 park playgrounds to improve the overall safety of the play areas.”

Here are the parks that are set to receive the safety material, which looks like mulch but is actually a product specifically designed for playground safety:

  1. Humboldt Park (Humboldt & Solano) — 40 cubic yards
  2. Kern Playlot (939 Kern St. & McBryde) — 60 cubic yards
  3. Humphrey Playlot (Humphrey & 26th St.) — 40 cubic yards
  4. Solano Playlot (38th St. & Solano Ave.) — 35 cubic yards
  5. Veterans Memorial Park (Bissell Way & Bissell Ave.) — 30 cubic yards
  6. Atchison Park (Bissell Ave. & Curry St.) — 60 cubic yards
  7. Stewart Park (351 Barrett) — 40 cubic yards
  8. Hilltop Park (2727 Groom Dr.) –75 cubic yards
  9. Hilltop Green Park (Park Central St. & Parkway Dr.) — 50 cubic yards
  10. Shields-Reid Park (1410 Kelsey St.) — 30 cubic yards
  11. Belding-Garcia Park (17th St. & Coalinga Ave.) — 30 cubic yards
  12. Lucas Park (10th St. & Lucas Ave.) — 30 cubic yards
  13. Mendocino Playlot (1689 Mendocino & Burlingame) — 40 cubic yards
  14. Judge Carroll Playlot (113 E. Richmond & S. Garrard) — 30 cubic yards
  15. Booker T. Anderson Jr. Park (960 S. 47th St.) — 100 cubic yards
  16. Boorman Park (S. 25th & Maine Ave.) — 70 cubic yards
  17. Crescent Park (5050 Hartnett Ave.) — 30 cubic yards
  18. S. 18th & Virginia Playlot — 30 cubic yards
  19. Huntington Playlot (2217 Carlson Blvd.) — 30 cubic yards.

The city hopes to receive council approve to award the contract to Applied Landscape Materials, Inc. The blown-in engineering wood fiber that will be installed is “compliant with applicable American Society for Testing & Materials standards,” city documents said.
 

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