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Less labor intensive rubberized surfaces more in favor for city playgrounds

Sand and wood fiber playground surfaces are losing favor at Grass Valley city parks as rubberized surfaces quickly take their place.

Two city park playgrounds, Minnie Park and Dow Alexander Park, already have a rubberized surface which city officials said is convenient because it’s less labor intensive than sand or wood fiber. Two other parks, Mautino Park, which is under construction, and Condon Park potentially could get the new playground surfaces in the near future, city officials said.

Sand and wood fiber surfaces remain allowed playground surfaces under federal and state guidelines but they simply take too much city time and maintenance, said Richard Fitzhugh, the city’s public works superintendent.

Both wood fiber and sand surfaces require 12 inches of depth, Fitzhugh said.

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