Playground Update – Yardley Park and Barnes Park

A sample of my work from my Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Summary

The aim of this report was to; investigate problems with existing playground equipment at Yardley Park and Barnes Park, to determine what equipment the community wants when the parks’ are upgraded, and to ensure the new equipment complies with Australian standards.

Results indicate the main problems are; exposed nails, rusty equipment and slippery surfaces. The community want; a slide, monkey bars and a non-slip surface when the facilities are upgraded.

It is recommended that Green Ponds Council upgrade the playgrounds to include a slide, monkey bars and non-slip surface. To comply with Australian standards; equipment should be made of plastic, bolts must be sealed with a cap, and there should be non-slip playing surfaces.

Reasons for research

The research was warranted due to; recent injuries to children playing on the equipment, a growing number of complaints from locals, negative press coverage, poor condition of the current equipment, and lack of compliance with Australian standards.

Research methods

Research included:

  • Observation and photographing of the playgrounds for analysis and records
  • Review of the playground equipment guidelines on the Australian Standards website
  • Interviewing locals to get their perspective on problems with equipment and what equipment they’d like when the parks’ are upgraded
  • Questionnaires to collect a larger data sample from the wider community.

No personal information was collected; interviews and questionnaires were voluntary and anonymous. Stan Dards, an expert in playground equipment guidelines, was subcontracted to conduct research on the Australian Standards website.

20 phone interviews were carried out while 200 questionnaires were distributed in the mail with a prepaid return envelope.

Results

There was a 90% response rate to the questionnaire – a breakdown of the responses is listed in Tables 1 and 2.

From the results; exposed nails, rusted equipment and slippery playground surfaces were considered the main problems. The community requests; a slide, monkey bars and non-slip surfaces, when the parks are upgraded.

Table 1

Main equipment problem %
Exposed nails 35
Rusted equipment 30
Unstable flying fox 5
Slippery playground surfaces 25
Faded swing seats 5

Table 2

Desired equipment %
Slide 30
Monkey bars 30
Sandpit 5
Climbing wall 5
Non-slip surfaces 30

Review of the Australian standards revealed; equipment needs to be made from plastic, bolts must be sealed with a cap, and there should be non-slip playing surfaces, to comply with regulations.

Conclusions

An upgrade of equipment at Yardley Park and Barnes Park is required as the current setup is unsafe and fails to meet Australian standards. Locals agreed that the most pressing problems were; exposed nails, rusted equipment and slippery playground surfaces, and would like to see a slide, monkey bars and non-slip surfaces when the parks are refurbished.

Recommendations

It is recommended that Green Ponds Council:

  • Remove all exposed nails and rusted equipment
  • Replace the slippery playing surfaces with a non-slip surface
  • Cover bolts with a cap
  • Include a slide and monkey bars when upgrading the parks’
  • Ensure all equipment is made from plastic

Further research is required to:

  • Select equipment which is sustainable and environmentally friendly
  • Determine ways to increase the longevity of the upgraded playgrounds, such as a shade sail cover
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