I attended a Certified Playground Safety Inspection audit of the Tot-Lot at Perret Park in Lakeland Village this morning at 8:00 AM.
In attendance were three representatives from Riverside County Regional Parks and Open Space District – Community Parks Division. The Community Parks Division is relatively new to the County of Riverside as prior to this, about a year, Economic Development Agency (EDA) took care of the community parks.
William Cloake IV, Parks Superintendent,
Bob Wagner, Parks Maintenance Supervisor, CPSI
Paul Sanderson, CSA Maintenance, CPSI (this is the man who conducted the actual audit)
You read that correctly, two of the personnel present were CPSI (Certified Playground Safety Inspector)
They came with a copy in hand the Public Playground Safety Handbook Pamphlet #325 (2010) issued by the U.S. Product Safety Commission and adopted by California Statue.
With them they also had an audit sheet detailing all the areas needing to be checked and their requirements and the necessary tools to perform the inspection.
The Tot-Lot at Perret Park is about as large as the lot at Marna O’Brien which was built at approximately the time period. It was a couple of inches low as measured by the inspector, on Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) surfacing material, much like Marna O’Brien. In the next couple of weeks the same type of material will be brought in to bring it up to the 9 inches of compacted material required, this Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) meets A.D.A requirements.
All of the equipment was inspected for missing or loose hardware while it was being checked for protrusion hazards, using the appropriate tools.
The equipment was also tested for head entrapment hazards which could result in the strangulation of a child should their body pass thru a hole but not their head.
Also checked for was entanglement hazards along with crush hazard which may snag a piece of clothing or cause an amputation.
The inspection of this one park took about 2 hours time and will go a long way in giving parents piece of mind when they let their child have fun in this Tot-Lot.