Dream Playground surfaces fail safety tests

An outside expert’s report shows the rubberized flooring of the new Kenosha Dream Playground failed safety standards at 14 of the 17 play areas tested.

The testing report by Meak Playground Surfacing, LLC, of Wind Lake, measured impact forces and risks of possible head injuries due to falls from heights of 3 to 10 feet.

The three locations that tested within cited safety standards all measured fall heights under 6 feet.

City Administrator Frank Pacetti said today that chain link fencing is being installed today around the picket-fenced playground area to restrict access.

The only fully handicapped-accessible playground in the city will remain closed while officials determine what needs to be done and the rubberized flooring is brought into compliance.

Pacetti said last week the poor wearability of the flooring also is being assessed as a separate issue.

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