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Poorer Neighborhoods Often Have Less Safe Playgrounds
Date:1/21/2013

reasing accessibility to parks and playgrounds often involves unique partnerships. He said in Columbus, which has many scrap tire dumps, they were able to combine an environmental program that encouraged scrap tire recycling with playground resurfacing. Not only did that make the playgrounds safer and more accessible to children with disabilities, it also reduced the mountains of scrap tires in the Columbus area, he said.

Both Sheehan and Smith said the most important safety aspect in a playground is its surface.

When the researchers went back in 2011 to reevaluate playgrounds that had failed, they found that 40 percent now received a passing grade. They also found overall improvement, with average scores going from 61 percent to 67 percent.

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Learn more about playground safety from the Child Injury Prevention Alliance.

SOURCES: Karen Sheehan, M.D., medical director, Injury Prevention and Research Center, Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago; Gary Smith, M.D., Dr.Ph., director, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and president, Child Injury Prevention Alliance, Columbus, Ohio; February 2013 Pediatrics


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