Playground Tag

No matter how great your school playground is, there’s always room for improvement.

School playground improvements and ‘problem areas’ will be different for each school, depending on the playground and the school environment.

Commonly, improving the condition of play areas and equipment, green spaces, gardens and the landscaping are priorities for schools.

Once these problem areas have been identified, it’s time to think about how they could be improved.

Ways to make school playground improvements

Ways to improve your school’s playground and outdoor space could be as simple as organising clutter, tidying mess and regular maintenance.

Or it could involve bigger changes such as installing a new surface material on the school grounds, like synthetic grass.

Recently, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary school at Acacia Ridge decided to do away with the unsightly outdoor bitumen area.

They had GroundAbility come in to replace the tired surface with synthetic grass and create an inviting and tranquil sanctuary.

 

School Playground Improvements Old Lady Fatima Catholic Primary School Before

 Before: The unsightly outdoor bitumen area at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, Acacia Ridge.

School Playground Improvements Old Fatima Catholic Primary School After

 After: The newly installed Australian made Supreme 35 synthetic grass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School.

Investing a little love into your school playground and making simple changes to the outdoor environment can go along way. Wynnum State High School transformed an unused area of dirt and gravel by installing synthetic grass over the entire area.

The once wasted space is now a bright and functional sitting and outdoor learning area for students.

 

School Playground Improvements Wynnum State High School Before

Before: The unused dirt and gravel area at Wynnum State High School.

School Playground Improvements Wynnum State High School After

 After: Australian made Supreme 35 synthetic grass created a bright and functional outdoor sitting area at Wynnum State High School.

We all want to love our school.

With synthetic grass, school playgrounds can be transformed into beautiful and multi-functional outdoor spaces that encourage fun, physical activity and exploration. And one that kids are excited to use.

If you’re looking to make improvements to your school playground using synthetic grass, contact the specialists first to work out what will work in your school environment to deliver the results for your students.

 

GroundAbility specialises in supplying and installing the highest quality grade of Australian owned, designed and manufactured synthetic grass in the market. From school playgrounds and football fields to rooftop terraces and large commercial projects, where there is a surface that needs synthetic grass, we can make it happen.

Synthetic grass for childcare centres and schools is becoming more commonplace in education facilities and learning centres across Brisbane.

Many childcare centres and schools are installing synthetic grass because of the unparalleled advantages:

  • Cost-effective
  • Easy to maintain
  • Weather resistant
  • Fire retardant
  • Durable & long-lasting
  • Safe for kids and pets
  • Versatile for indoor and outdoor use
  • Wide product selection for multiple applications
  • Immaculate and green all year round

But there’s also another benefit of synthetic grass: no nasty allergens.

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Lead Childcare Centre in Wooloowin, Brisbane where we installed Clean Cut 35 mm synthetic grass.

Unlike natural grass, synthetic grass doesn’t create or spread grass pollen – Australia’s most common outdoor airborne allergen.

Also, high-quality, Australian-made synthetic grass products don’t contain harmful toxins or require harsh chemicals or fertilizers to keep it looking green and lush.

 

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St Clare’s Catholic Primary School. Yarrabilba.

 

Given Australia has some of the highest allergy rates in the developed world, it makes sense that synthetic grass is gaining in popularity.

It’s the ideal indoor and outdoor solution for preschoolers and school kids who suffer from allergies like hay fever.

 

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The new seating area at St Clare’s Catholic Primary School. Yarrabilba.

 

While springtime is commonly thought of as the peak time for allergies, grasses flower at various times of the year in different parts of the country.

As for Brisbane’s peak pollen season, it typically starts in January but can extend out to February and even March – which is a long time for kids to put up with itchy eyes, scratchy throats, runny noses, and incessant sneezing.

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Installed 35 mm Arena synthetic grass in two areas which were too wet and shaded to grow any natural turf.

If you’re keen to reduce the pollen and alleviate the allergies in your learning space or playground, consider the benefits of synthetic grass and chat with synthetic grass specialists to understand your options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synthetic Grass in School Playgrounds

13 Apr 2018, Posted by Warwick Beale in Recent Installations, Schools

Synthetic grass in school playgrounds has long been a popular choice.

 

During our over 10 years’ professional experience installing synthetic grass in Brisbane schools – from pre-schools to senior high schools, we’ve seen the popularity of synthetic grass continue to increase and a broad acceptance of synthetic grass as the smart option. And it makes sense.

 

Schools tend to make long-term, cost-efficient decisions, especially when it comes to their grounds, including ovals, sports fields, playgrounds, multi-purpose areas, and communal spaces.

 

Synthetic grass is cost-effective, low maintenance and long-lasting.

 

It eliminates the need for a school to pay someone to mow, water, weed, spray and caretaker naturally turfed areas.

 

Depending on the amount of traffic on the surface, professionally installed synthetic grass keeps its colour and integrity and can last up to 7-10 years, and even longer with annual professional maintenance.

 

Synthetic grass also delivers a greater range of uses and applications, unlike natural grass and concrete. For instance, artificial grass is commonly used for multi-purpose sports courts, often with two to three-line markings incorporated allowing for several activities to be played.

 

But it’s equally versatile in an undercover communal space or a small and quiet “sacred area”, like this one at Mater Dei Catholic Primary School in Ashgrove, Brisbane.

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Synthetic grass in school playgrounds Brisbane

For any school that has an oval and several indoor and outdoor spaces either undercover or exposed to the elements, synthetic grass is a smart choice.

 

It’s also a smart idea to hire the services of a reputable synthetic grass installer to deliver a professional result.

 

GroundAbility is a team of synthetic grass specialists in Brisbane, contact us today to discuss your school playground needs.

 

 

 

 

Like playgrounds, artificial turf is designed with active kids in mind, which makes synthetic grass great for schools.

High-quality synthetic grass is not only incredibly durable, non-toxic, free from heavy metals and useable all year round, it is also hugely versatile.

Nowadays, school playgrounds are designed for multiple uses: common areas turn into multi-purpose sports courts and sports fields are used for athletic carnivals and all manner of team sports.

Where natural turf and concrete were once the main choices for school grounds, now synthetic grass and artificial turf are being installed in many primary and high schools all over Brisbane to provide maximum versatility.

If you’re looking for a flexible playground solution for your school, here are five reasons why high-quality, synthetic grass is a great option for school environments:

1. Safety

Synthetic grass is free from harmful toxins and heavy metals which makes it safe for kids of all ages. And when professionally installed using high-quality soft fall and rubber surfacing solutions, artificial turf is safer than other more conventional playground surfaces.

 

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Stretton State College in Brisbane, where we used Synlawns Clean Cut 35mm landscape grass to create a safe, evenly sloped outdoor common area.

Synthetic Grass for Schools

Stretton State college in Brisbane, where we installed Synlawns Clean Cut 35mm landscape grass on the sloped area around the undercover playground.

 

2. Durability

It makes sense that every school playground surface should be sturdy, hard-wearing and long-lasting. But there are few products and materials in the market that can deliver.

Australian made synthetic grass is designed and manufactured to withstand high-traffic use and extreme weather conditions. While usual wear and tear does happen, damage can be easily repaired, like mending carpet.

To keep it lasting even longer, an annual brush, groom and refill to keep the grass blades upright can be affordably done by your local synthetic grass specialist.

 

3. Aesthetic

One of the best advantages of synthetic grass is that it looks good all year round. No matter the weather or the area, artificial turf guarantees you’ll have a visually appealing, functional grassed area with no weeds, worn spots or brown, dead patches. Beautifying and tidying your school grounds creates a great space for teachers and kids alike, but also for the broader community.

 

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Wynnum State High School, where we transformed an untidy seating area using Synlawns clean cut 35mm grass.

Synthetic grass for school playgrounds

We installed Synlawns clean cut 35mm grass to beautify an untidy seating area at Wynnum State High School.

4. Economical

Synthetic grass is a long-term investment that not only transforms unused spaces into practical and versatile areas that can be used all year round, it also saves on water and maintenance costs throughout the year.

As mentioned before, you can prolong the lifetime of your investment by calling on your local synthetic grass specialists for an annual brush, groom and refill to keep the grass blades upright.

 

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St Agnes Catholic School at Mount Gravatt we installed grass to the areas beside the courts for spectators to have a nice area to watch the games.

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Installed synthetic grass at St Agnes Catholic School at Mount Gravatt, Brisbane.

 

5. Versatility

When it comes to range and flexibility, few schools can go passed synthetic grass. Whether you’re looking to transform a hard surface into a safe play area, beautify an area where natural grass never grows or add colour to a practical and educational space, there is an artificial turf product suitable for every need and application.

 

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Stretton State College in Brisbane had Synlawns Clean Cut 35mm landscape grass installed around the trees.

Synthetic grass for schools

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School at Woodridge, Brisbane now has a new outdoor Snakes and Ladders
play area for prep kids to enjoy.

 

If you’re looking to have synthetic grass installed or maintained at your school, contact GroundAbility – installing synthetic grass in schools right across Brisbane for over 10 years.

Synthetic grass maintenance can prolong the life expectancy of your synthetic grass by up to five years.

The popularity of synthetic grass for sports ovals and fields has skyrocketed over the last twenty years.

Many local communities and schools, particularly in Queensland have invested in synthetic sports surfaces for the durability, usability, and performance they offer. The reduced water usage and low maintenance also provide long-term cost savings.

However, to maximise the return on investment, it is necessary that the sports surface has a synthetic grass maintenance schedule appropriate for the type of surface.

Unlike the way synthetic grass is used on residential lawns and in backyards, the surfaces for sports fields and ovals are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and constant, and often intense, use.

Periodic and professional maintenance geared to the installation can maximise return and extend the life of the synthetic grass.

For example, in 2008, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School at Kedron had 50mm rubber and sand filled FIFA approved synthetic grass, called Europlay installed by GroundAbility on its 2500m2 sports oval.

GroundAbility initially provided annual maintenance before the school changed to six-monthly servicing.

The team recently completed the half-yearly service over two days.

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They used specially adapted mowers with brushes, instead of blades, to pick up any loose sand or rubber and other foreign material.

They redistributed infill to areas where it was lower than recommended levels.

At the same time, they inspected all the seams and carried out any repairs to ensure the surface was safe and in excellent working condition.

By cleaning and maintaining the sports oval twice a year, the school can now expect to extend the life of the synthetic grass by up to five years.

Synthetic Grass Maintenance for sports oval

What are the benefits of synthetic grass maintenance:

–          Improved playability

–          Enhanced appearance

–          Increased safety

–          Prolonged life expectancy of the product

–          Compliance with manufacturer’s warranty requirements

To make sure your synthetic sports surfaces last longer, engage with experienced and professional synthetic grass installers who use the right equipment for the job and gear the maintenance to the type of grass, the purpose of the surface and level of usage.

While most of us know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, creating a great first impression from the outside is also important.

 

We recently revamped the school front entrance of St Pius X Catholic Primary in Salisbury, Queensland.

 

The front entrance revamp was part of an overall landscape design plan to spruce up the school entry and provide extra recreational areas for the students.

 

We installed Couch 30 synthetic grass product on both a sloped and flat surface over several tiers.

 

The landscaped entrance is once again vibrant, welcoming and immaculately manicured.

Landscaped school front entrance

St Pius X Catholic Primary School in Salisbury revamped with newly installed synthetic grass.

 

It requires little to no upkeep for the school which saves them time and money, whilst creating a great first impression.

 

GroundAbility has been revamping school grounds across Brisbane for over ten years. If your school grounds need a new lease on life, maintenance or repair contact us today.

The latest high-quality, Australian made fake grass products are the closest thing to real grass, without the maintenance. The Principal of Milton State School in Brisbane recently chose fake grass over real grass as part of the landscape design for his school grounds. Fake grass is not only easy to maintain, but it is perfectly suited to the harsh Australian conditions and the constant wear from active school kids. The natural looking synthetic grass, colour-matched to the surrounds was installed throughout the school after new cement pathways were laid. Everyone loves to see a well-maintained school and the end-result is a clean, fresh and welcoming image for the school and the local community.

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Gone are the days when synthetic grass was rough and hard, and looked like carpet. Over the last decade, synthetic grass technology has made massive advances.

Increasingly, a new generation of synthetic grass that looks and feels like natural turf, is being used as the chosen surface for many major professional sports. It is also being installed for high-use school sports fields.

 

We recently refurbished the 1000m2 sports oval at St Jospeh’s Catholic Primary School in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. The old, well-worn synthetic grass was updated with new 50mm Europlay, with a sand and rubber infill.

 

The 200m2 area in front of the classrooms was also updated, installing 40mm sand filled Play On.

 

Why use synthetic grass for school sports fields?

School sports fields are one of the most used areas on any school ground, so it makes sense to choose a hard-wearing, long-lasting surface that delivers:

 

  • More playing time – synthetic grass is designed to withstand all weather condition – rain, hail or long periods of drought. So, no matter what the weather brings, synthetic sports ovals and fields allow safer, longer playing time with less ground closures.

 

  • Less maintenance – unlike natural turf, synthetic grass requires little to no maintenance and irrigation, and stays greener for longer.

 

  • Improves performance – high-quality synthetic grass surfaces, when installed professionally, are smooth and even, and mimic the performance features of natural turf, but with greater traction, which is all important in sport safety and performance.

 

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The original, well-worn synthetic grass sports field was refurbished with new 50mm Europlay, with a sand and rubber infill at St Jospeh’s Catholic Primary School in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.

Over the years, GroundAbility has done countless synthetic grass installations for schools, pre-schools, early learning centres in Brisbane and throughout Queensland.

 

Recently, the team headed north-west of Brisbane to Middlemount, Rockhampton to install synthetic grass at C and K Childcare centre.

 

We laid Oasis 30 directly over the existing concrete in the younger children’s play area. The product is suitably insulated to create a softer feel underfoot and a safer area for the babies and younger children to run, play and explore.

 

The vibrancy of the synthetic grass also brightens up the undercover space.

 

If you’re located outside Brisbane and looking to have synthetic grass installed in your childcare or early learning centres, contact GroundAbility today.

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The existing concrete before the new synthetic grass was installed to the early learning centre’s outdoor play area.

 

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The outdoor, undercover play area with newly laid synthetic grass creates a safer and brighter space.