One of the most important steps in creating an outdoor recreational play space is selecting the best playground or splash pad safety surfacing for your site. The right safety surfacing can help to reduce the risk of injury on your playground or splash pad.

Whether you are looking for surfacing for a playground at a school, park, or recreation center, or for a splash pad or pool deck, we have you covered. ABC Recreation will help you determine what surface material is best for your project and budget. We carry several options including:

  • Engineered Wood Fiber from Fibar®
  • Artificial Turf
  • Rubber Mats & Tiles
  • Poured-in-Place Rubber
  • PebbleFlex® and AquaFlex® from Landscape Structures

Fibar® Engineered Wood Fiber

FibarSystems consist of engineered wood fibers that knit together to form a surface soft enough to cushion falls, yet firm enough for wheelchairs. The patented drainage system protects your investment from bad weather damage and avoids mud and puddles after a rain.

Learn more in the Technical Briefing & Buyer Protection Plan.

Fibar® Features

  • Superior raw material made from 100% virgin wood fiber
  • Designed to be a lasting product with trouble-free performance
  • Tested to comply with all relevant accessibility standards
  • Varied colours of natural wood blend in with any kind of setting
  • Surfacing on more than 50,000 playgrounds across North America

PebbleFlex® Playground Surfacing

This revolutionary, high-performance surfacing solution is one of the best on the market and is utilized by many around the world.

It provides unique design and safety benefits and uses advanced bond-in-place technology to create a durable surface that can withstand varying temperatures and weather. PebbleFlex® surfacing is easy to maintain, UV resistant and meets all the safety and accessibility standards for playground surfacing.

Playground Safety Surfacing Features:

  • Allows easy access for wheelchairs and walkers
  • Comprised of tiny spherical aliphatic polyurethane pebbles that are abrasion resistant and UV stable
  • Cushion layer is made from 100% post-consumer recycled material; pebbles are made of 20% post-industrial recycled material, and are all recyclable
  • Proprietary bond process is stronger than typical non-bonded rubber granule surfacing
  • Can be used in multiple surfacing applications such as playgrounds, ballfields, sports & fitness surfacing, and zoos
  • Easy to customize designs or patterns

AquaFlex® Splash Pad & Aquatic Surfacing

It is important to have proper surfacing in place at your splash pad to ensure kids have a safe space to play. AquaFlex® surfacing provides two options, Porous or Non-porous, both providing specific benefits to your water space.

AquaFlex® Porous is the most used surfacing for splash pads and pools as it allows water to soak into the surface and helps evacuate access water to allow for better traction.

AquaFlex® Non-Porous is a great solution for those who need a draining system for their water space. This surfacing allows the water to run off the edges, creating a non-slip surface area.

Splash Pad & Pool Deck Surfacing Features:

  • Aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane pebbles with a two-part aliphatic polyurethane binder
  • Chlorine resistant
  • UV light stable
  • Slip resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Ability to incorporate patterns, borders and logos
  • Can be used in multiple surfacing applications such as water parks, splash pads, pool surrounds, spa surrounds and locker rooms
  • Tested for safety and durability

Accessible Play Standards

We can work with you to explain how the various standards apply to your project and guide you through the requirements related to depth, pathways, transition areas and more.

Other Playground Safety Surfacing Solutions

Did you know 80% of playground injuries are due to falls to the surfacing? The right surfacing helps to ensure your play space is accessible for everyone to enjoy. There are several synthetic and natural options that offer protection from falls and serious injury.

Fibar® Engineered Wood Fiber

Fibar® Engineered Wood Fiber

Engineered wood fiber playground surfacing is an economical playground surfacing, it’s easy to install, and it meets all accessibility guidelines. 

Artificial Turf

Artificial Turf

Artificial turf is a soft, durable surface comprised of polyethylene blades that give the look and feel of a beautiful park setting.

Rubber Mats & Tiles

Rubber Mats & Tiles

Rubber playground tiles are made from durable reconstituted rubber is weather-resistant and capable of handling the weight from repeated drops and bounces.

Poured-in-Place Rubber

Poured-in-Place Rubber

Poured-in-Place rubber or playground rubber safety surfacing is a two-layer system consisting of a base mat and a top surface that can be customized to meet your design aesthetic.


Does my play space require safety surfacing?

Any playground equipment that has a fall height will require protective safety surfacing. Playground equipment that does not have a fall height will not require it.

What is the required depth for safety surfacing?

The required depth of safety surfacing is dependent on the fall height of the playground equipment. Typical depth for Engineered Wood Fiber is 12” but that will vary based on fall height. The required thickness for rubber will be determined by the rubber type and fall height.