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Posted on: March 8, 2018

Rubber Mulch in DPR Playgrounds Update

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) considers the safety of every child who visits our playgrounds to be our utmost priority. Playground specialists and park planners across the country install playgrounds on a regular basis and DPR follows their standards to enhance the safety for users.

All of our 56 playgrounds are regularly inspected, and have consistently met or exceeded industry standard health and safety codes. Last year, the use of rubber mulch made from recycled tires was brought to our attention as a source of safety and health concerns for some residents.

In light of concerns from the park users, Durham City Council voted to remove the shredded rubber mulch that covers half of the playground surface at East Durham Park. The city has allocated about approximately $20,000 to replace the loose mulch but not the bonded mulch on the playground.

The project is currently out for bid until August 28, 2018. Once a contractor is selected, then they will proceed with the work this fall.

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