Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sign Up for Safety

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sign Up for Safety

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With today's focus on playground safety, it's more important than ever to ensure that Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs) assess the equipment at daycare centers, schools, neighborhood associations, parks, campgrounds, or anywhere else that children use playground equipment. Instruction and testing for certification costs about $500, and many agencies spend a great deal of time and money making sure their playgrounds are vetted by a CPSI. But in many cases, the public is not aware of the effort and expense agencies go to in order to make these playgrounds safe. To them, it's just another playground.

One member of NRPA noticed this disparity and wanted to find a way to help agencies notify the public when the playground equipment they use has been inspected by a CPSI.

"Agencies are spending a lot of time and money using CPSIs to inspect the playgrounds your kids are playing on, and most people don't even know it," says Mike Minnicino, publications manager at NRPA. "Even small agencies may have 100 playgrounds they need to worry about."

Seeing the opportunity to help, Minnicino had an idea. …

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