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Safety First: AS 4422 (Int):2022 Playground Surfacing and Its Interim Release
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Playgrounds that Embrace All Abilities: AS 1428.1:2021 and Its Impact on Inclusive Design
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AS 16630 (2021): A Game-Changer in Outdoor Fitness Equipment Standards
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The Latest Standard for Skateparks: AS EN 14974 (2021)
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What Are the Latest Trends in Playground Design in Australia?
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Ensuring Safety and Fun: Australian Standards for Playground Equipment and Surfacing
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Enhancing Safety and Fun: AS 4685 Part 1-6 (2021) Update for Playground Equipment and Surfacing
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Why Is Compliance with Playground Standards Essential?
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Understanding the Four Types of Playground Inspections in Australia
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Pricing Playground Inspections: A Guide for New Companies and Sole Traders in Australia
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Choosing Age-Appropriate Playground Equipment: Guidelines for Selecting Equipment Suitable for Different Age Groups
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News

Public playground 'can't be used when it rains'
Public playground 'can't be used when it rains'
South Australian playground wins big at national awards
South Australian playground wins big at national awards
Playground with tallest play tower wins top award
Playground with tallest play tower wins top award
New playground and facilities give facelift to popular Perth dam
New playground and facilities give facelift to popular Perth dam
This popular playground is closed while crews give it new safety surfacing
This popular playground is closed while crews give it new safety surfacing
‘Junk parts' playground gives kids alternative ways to play amid crates and concrete tunnels
‘Junk parts' playground gives kids alternative ways to play amid crates and concrete tunnels
Children's playground left covered in green slime is 'abandoned' and unusable.jpg
Children's playground left covered in green slime is 'abandoned' and unusable
Council backflips on $2 million playground move after months of community backlash
Council backflips on $2 million playground move after months of community backlash
Mother's sinister discovery at Perth playground prompts warning
Mother's sinister discovery at Perth playground prompts warning
Video captures 'deliberate' fire in Buntingford playground
Video captures 'deliberate' fire in Buntingford playground
Public encouraged to submit photos of their 'worst playgrounds' to support a national campaign
Public encouraged to submit photos of their 'worst playgrounds' to support a national campaign
Groundskeeper discovers huge snake sleeping on school play structure
Groundskeeper discovers huge snake sleeping on school play structure
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‘Low-risk’ wooden playground collapses on child, exposing his skull through 3-inch wound
Playground toilets to be urgently replaced due to complaints of inappropriate ‘see-through’ doors
Playground toilets to be urgently replaced due to complaints of inappropriate ‘see-through’ doors
Preschools & indoor playgrounds step up cleaning and disinfecting efforts as HFMD cases rise
Preschools & indoor playgrounds step up cleaning and disinfecting efforts as HFMD cases rise
Tug-of-war over newly opened public housing playground as it fills with ‘posh prep school kids’
Tug-of-war over newly opened public housing playground as it fills with ‘posh prep school kids’
Playground mistakenly demolished; contractor plans to replace equipment
Playground mistakenly demolished, contractor plans to replace equipment
Playground indefinitely shuts down after 2 incidents of Elk attacking children within a week
Playground indefinitely shuts down after 2 incidents of Elk attacks on children
Browntail Moth infestation causes temporary closure of playground
Browntail Moth infestation causes temporary closure of playground
'Iconic' plane on school playground removed
'Iconic' plane on school playground removed
Awareness being raised after child contracts hand, foot and mouth disease at park
Awareness being raised after child contracts hand, foot and mouth disease at park
A guide to safe play on playgrounds
A new guide to safe play on playgrounds
New Playground at Perth Zoo wins landscape architecture award
New Playground at Perth Zoo wins landscape architecture award
New safe drug-use site and homeless centre located near playground causes strife for families
New safe drug-use site and homeless centre located near playground causes strife for families
Why playgrounds are vital to childhood development
Play, learn, grow: Why playgrounds are vital to childhood development
City to insta cameras following playground vandalism
‘Don’t do it again’: City to install cameras following playground vandalism
Victorian playground takes home prestigious award
Victorian playground takes home prestigious award
Magnificent ‘Fruit Themed Playground’ is a must see!
Magnificent ‘Fruit Themed Playground’ is a must see!
Vandal’s target playground, ripping out tiles and digging holes
Vandal’s target playground, ripping out tiles and digging holes
2 teenagers charged for carving swastikas into school playground equipment.jpg
2 teenagers charged for carving swastikas into school playground equipment
Residents urged to tag fence holding their personalised fence pickets before playground overhaul
Residents return to claim beloved memorial pieces from old playground
Why you won’t see McDonalds playgrounds in the future
Why our future won’t include McDonalds playgrounds
The most amazing playground designs you don’t want to miss in 2024
The most amazing playground designs you don’t want to miss in 2024
Interactive play space set to transform Sydney hospital experience
Interactive play space set to transform Sydney hospital experience
Daycare playground catches fire just weeks before completion
Daycare playground catches fire just weeks before completion
High schools are incomplete without playgrounds
Controversial Opinion: High schools are incomplete without playgrounds
The 1-Billion-Dollar request to build ‘cooler’ school playgrounds.jpg
The 1-Billion-Dollar request to build ‘cooler’ school playgrounds
The world’s most hazardous playground has to been seen to be believed
The world’s most hazardous playground has to been seen to be believed
Families horrified to find spikey nails intentionally glued all-over playground equipment
Families horrified to find spiky nails intentionally glued all-over playground equipment
Parents caution others on playground safety
"It could happen to anyone”: Parents caution others on playground safety

Preventing Playground Vandalism: Strategies for Deterring and Addressing Vandalism in Public Playgrounds

Public playgrounds serve as essential community spaces where children of all ages can play, learn, and grow. However, sometimes they become targets for vandalism, resulting in safety hazards and a strain on community resources. In this blog, we’ll explore strategies to prevent playground vandalism, with a focus on creating age-appropriate playgrounds that provide safe spaces for various age groups to hang out and enjoy themselves.

Park vandalized with spray paint, obscenities

The Impact of Playground Vandalism

Vandalism in playgrounds poses several negative consequences:

  1. Safety Hazards: Vandalism can create safety hazards, like broken equipment or graffiti, that may contain offensive language or symbols.
  2. Financial Burden: Repairing vandalized equipment diverts funds that could be used for playground improvements and maintenance.
  3. Community Disruption: Vandalism disrupts the community’s access to a safe and enjoyable play space, leading to frustration and disappointment among residents.

Preventing Playground Vandalism

Preventing vandalism requires a combination of proactive strategies, community involvement, and creating spaces where children and teens feel valued and engaged:

1. Age-Appropriate Play Areas

Design and allocate different sections of the playground for various age groups. Ensure equipment is tailored to their developmental needs and interests. When children and teens have age-appropriate spaces, they are less likely to feel the need to vandalize their play areas.

2. Adequate Lighting

Well-lit playgrounds are less likely to be targeted by vandals. Install motion-activated lighting or consider solar-powered options to ensure the playground remains visible at night.

3. Surveillance Cameras

Install surveillance cameras in and around the playground to deter potential vandals and provide evidence for any required actions.

4. Community Engagement

Engage with the local community to create a sense of ownership and pride in the playground. When residents feel a connection to the space, they are more likely to report suspicious activity.

5. Graffiti-Resistant Coatings

Apply graffiti-resistant coatings to playground equipment and structures. These coatings make it easier to remove graffiti, discouraging vandals from leaving their marks.

6. Regular Maintenance

Maintain the playground in excellent condition. Promptly repair any damage, as a neglected playground may attract more vandalism.

7. Design Considerations

Thoughtful design can deter vandalism. For example, open and visible layouts are less appealing to vandals than secluded areas.

8. Security Measures

Consider installing security fences or gates that can be locked during non-operational hours to restrict access.

9. Youth Engagement

Encourage youth engagement in positive activities and provide them with opportunities to express themselves creatively, reducing the likelihood of destructive behaviour.

10. Public Awareness

Educate the community about the costs and consequences of playground vandalism. Encourage residents to report vandalism promptly.

Addressing Playground Vandalism: The Role of Council Maintenance and Routine Inspectors

Council maintenance teams and routine inspectors play a vital role in addressing and preventing playground vandalism:

1. Routine Inspections

Regularly inspect the playground equipment and surrounding areas for signs of vandalism or damage. Promptly report any issues for immediate attention.

2. Maintenance

Ensure that any damage or vandalism is repaired promptly. Well-maintained playgrounds are less likely to attract vandals.

3. Graffiti Removal

Efficiently remove graffiti and offensive markings from playground equipment and structures. This swift response can discourage vandals from returning.

4. Security Measures

Assess and improve security measures, such as lighting and fencing, to make the playground less vulnerable to vandalism.

5. Documentation

Document instances of vandalism with photographs and detailed reports to aid in insurance claims and legal actions.

6. Community Engagement

Collaborate with the local community to raise awareness about the importance of protecting playgrounds and report vandalism incidents.

By actively addressing and preventing vandalism in public playgrounds, council maintenance and routine inspectors contribute to the safety and well-being of the community. Together, we can protect these valuable community assets and create a positive environment where all residents feel valued and respected, ultimately reducing the occurrence of vandalism in our public spaces.

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