Branson Public Schools
recently resurfaced and upgraded all of our Elementary playground areas with
the DuroMat tiles. We have had
tremendous cooperation and an excellent experience with NSSI and their
the installation of the new tiles, our children have had less lost recess
time because of the weather and standing water. In addition to more recess time, we are currently tracking what
appears to be fewer playground accidents for the students.
been very enthusiastically accepted by the patrons, teachers, students and
the administrative team.
will continue to work with NSSI and use the DuroMat tiles for all our future
Brian Blankenship - Business Manager
Des Moines Public
Des Moines, Iowa
the playground safe and accessible for all the children is our primary
objective when it comes to outdoor play and fitness environments in our
elementary schools. The rubber safety
tiles help our district accomplish that goal. This product should reduce the
headaches of maintaining loose fill surfacing as well as long term liability
due to playground injuries."
the Iowa Playground Surfacing Program, I was able to work with a very
knowledgeable staff that provided a high level of professional service that
enabled us to meet our installation timelines."
appreciate the fact that the tiles will reduce our maintenance costs and
expect a return on investment in 5 to 7 years."
Jamie Wilkerson - Environmental Safety
updated playground, with the safe surfacing, is a hit with our students! And that's what this whole project was
about. Keeping our students active
but safer as they play."
are very pleased with the outcome of our playground after installing
playground safety surfacing through the Iowa Playground Surfacing Program
(IPSP). The new surfacing makes our
playground accessible and safer for all the children who play there."
Iowa Playground Surfacing Program was very helpful in working with our school
district by providing fund-raising solutions, that covered part of the cost,
and financing the remaining balance."
we worked with was knowledgeable and professional. They provided the drawings, training and on-site services that
really helped us make this a successful project."
Sam Graeve, - Elementary Principal
very excited to have the playground up and going with a much
"cleaner" surface!" The shredded rubber tires we had
before were very MESSY."
new surface is handicap accessible - it was very difficult for our disabled
children to maneuver in the shredded tires. I wanted something everyone
service provided by the Missouri Playground Surfacing Program was
excellent. Their staff was easy to access and readily available for
site visits when necessary and made suggestions to save us money. The
project was less labor intensive and more cost effective as it allowed us to
use our existing asphalt."
National Safe Surfacing Initiative provided a flexible payment schedule
allowing our school to work this project into our budget."
was impressed that the Missouri Playground Surfacing Program is endorsed by
the Missouri School Boards Association."
Mrs. Susan Bowles -
Milan C-2 Preschool
at a loss for words because we are very excited about our new
playground. It has given us so many
added opportunities and increased safety."
creating a level playing surface for our children, we've increased the number
of outdoor activities that the children can enjoy."
are thrilled about our playground now being handicap accessible so all
children attending Milan C-2 Preschool can enjoy our outdoor play and fitness
Ms. Brandy Hull -
tiles are much safer for kids - it is a good "clean" surface,
especially after a heavy rain, and the children will not drag particles back inside
surfacing is handicapped accessible and therefore can be utilized by all
tiles are a much more sanitary surface."
Mrs. Joyce Shepard -
Davenport Community Schools
"Through the Iowa Playground Surfacing Program we
installed playground safety surfacing in 14 elementary schools this summer
(2005). School administrators and parents are very pleased with the
results of this program."
"The technical expertise and assistance provided by the
NSSI was extremely valuable in making a project of this size such a huge
"We look forward to safer playgrounds and lower
maintenance costs for the life of this product."
Bill Good - Director of Operations
"We could not be happier
with our new rubber tile playground surface."
Elementary sees the playground as an extension of the classroom in which
physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning continues. The playground
encourages fun, healthy, physical play for all students."
"Before having the NSSI safe surface installed, our students with
mobility issues were restricted from using the playground and all students
were at risk for injury. Since installing the new surface our playground
injuries have been dramatically reduced."
Karen Sherman - PTO President
Harrison Elementary School
"We are very pleased with the
product. We are optimistic that this was a good decision and are very happy
to be a beneficiary. We would love to see all the playgrounds done with this
"This product is going to keep
kids safe and cut down on clean-up expenses. The bottom line is child safety
and this product has accomplished that while providing a better playing
Scott McKissick, - Elementary Principal
"We are truly pleased with our new safety surfacing
on our K-1 Playground. The surfacing is beautiful. What a great concept! We
have three other playground units that keep us busy with maintaining the
is so great about this surface is we don't have to worry about materials
being worn away or kicked out of place. We have confidence our surface is
safe 24/7. All playground units should have such surfacing."
Smith - Elementary Principal
excited about this product and so are the kids. It looks fantastic. It looks
better than the wood chips and railroad ties we had, it will save time and
money on cleaning."
"In an effort to save money the wood chips purchased earlier,
where probably not the best choice. This product simply makes you feel safer.
We wish we could do it on all our playgrounds. It is also a real conversational piece. Other organizations
have inquired about it and want to get it for their surface."
Mclntosh Woods State Park
"We don't have many structures like this in northwest
Iowa. The parents thought is was really nice and it beat all of the other
a maintenance standpoint it is also better than sand and woodchips. It cleans
easier which save time and money. From an appearance standpoint it looks
neater and from a safety standpoint overall it is a much better
Tammy Domonoske, - Park
"Playgrounds should be safe havens for children. Bryant School
is thankful to be a recipient of a safer playing surface."
"The new playground surfacing will enhance activities
of our children, it is accessible, it will protect our children from
injuries, and it fits aesthetically into the environment."
"We are pleased with the product and without reservation
recommend it highly to other schools and park areas."
Vanetta - Elementary Principal
"It has been a wonderful addition to our
have been very pleased with the surfacing that has been done under our
playground equipment. I would recommend this type of surfacing to any
elementary or pre-school facility."
"It's a wonderful product. It's nice to send kids outside
knowing they will be safe. Little ones who are not steady in their steps may
fall and now we know they will be okay."
recently had a 4 year-old take off running and fell face first on the tile.
On any other surface it would have been an ugly accident, with this surface
she did not have a scratch on her. The feel of the material can absorb the
Young-Kent - Executive Director
Butler Elementary School
Fort Dodge, lowa
"A fantastic product, It is a great addition to the school. The tiles are beneficial to the health and
safety of the kids and cleanliness to the building."
love the impact resistant qualities. We are a few months into a long school
year and injuries are already down."
"The Idea of taking something that is an environment
hazard (tires) and recycling them into something useful and beneficial, makes
the rubber tile a great product."
Spittal - Elementary Principal
John Cline Elementary School
"It's been very beneficial and we're already seeing an increase
in safety. It's cut down the number of injuries we could have sustained. The
kids and staff enjoy it."
"It's aesthetically pleasing which is to say it is better looking
than the wood chips. Parents with little kids using the facility after school
hours have commented that the tile surface looks better and is simply
Mike Schacheree - Elementary Principal
"Our district did extensive
research to find the best playground surfacing available."
"Once we chose the rubber tile
surfacing provided by the NSSI, they were very supportive in helping us put
together the project designs, the construction drawings and the financing for
this project. They were very flexible
and worked with us to create a great solution. The end result is fantastic."
"With the help
of the Iowa Playground Surfacing Program, we were able to make a smart
investment in our outdoor play environments and the safety of the children in
Paul Wenger, Elementary Principal
Edgewood-Colesburg Community Schools