Importance of Playgrounds & Regulations in Ireland

Playgrounds in Ireland

Why Are Playgrounds So Important?

In addition to improving the social and physical aspects of a child’s life, playgrounds also give children a sense of independence. They allow them to recognise their abilities and interests, and can increase creativity and a child’s willingness or ability to learn.

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Bunker Rubber Resin Layers for Golf Courses

rubber resin layers for golf course bunkers in Ireland

Browne Brothers offer a solution for a common problem that golf club greenkeepers encounter with dirty sand in bunkers.

Rubber layer surface for golf course bunkers

Over time the sand in golf course bunkers become dirty and discoloured as a result of rainfall and the accumulation of soil particles.

How does the bunker rubber layer work?

The rubber layer installed in sand bunkers increase the allows rainwater to easily drain away which prevents dirt accumulating on the sand surface.


“We have found it improves all round bunker drainage and keeps the sand playable all year round. It also helps prevent wash downs. I would highly recommend this product to any club thinking of doing a bunker renovation project. We had it installed on the Monday and the bunker was in play the next day”.  Dave Curren, Greenkeeper, Old Conna Golf Club Bray 


Get more information on this solution to bunker problems

Contact Browne Brothers site surfaces team today on (087) 6293916 for more information on rubber resin surfaces for your golf course.

Playground in Edenmore Dublin

Playground construction on behalf of Spraoi Linn

New playground completed at Edenmore County Dublin

We recently finished a new playground in Edenmore Dublin. The project was completed on behalf of Spraoi Linn, which consisted of excavation, planning the layout and installing the playground equipment for the new community playground.

Excavation works at the new Edenmore playground in Dublin

The playground construction began with the site excavation and the layout for the installation of equipment.

Construction of the playground in Dublin including equipment installation

Following the excavation and site layout we installed the playground equipment.

Playground surface installation

The next phase of the playground construction was to install a safety surface.

The finished playground at Edenmore

The new completed playground at Edenmore.

Playground Edenmore Raheny Dublin

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Surfaces suitable for children’s playgrounds

playground surfaces in Ireland

When constructing a new playground, choosing the type of surface to install is an issue that must be considered at the planning stage of a new construction.

playground with wetpour rubber surface

Two things to consider will be children’s safety and the appearance of the surface depending on its application.

Below are a few options of surfaces that can be installed in playgrounds with safety in mind to minimise the potential risk of injury to children.

Suitable surfaces for playgrounds include

Rubber wetpour

rubber wetpour surface

Rubber wetpour surfaces are one of the most popular forms of surfaces for children’s playground constructions. The surface type is extremely durable and is designed for safety. Rubber wetpour is available in several different colours and it attractive to look at. A benefit of this type of surface is that it is easy to install in existing playgrounds.

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Soft rubber mulch

soft mulch surfaces

Soft rubber mulch is a recycled bonded rubber mulch that is designed for use in playgrounds and can be laid over existing surfaces and around installed playground equipment. Like rubber wetpour, rubber mulch is available in a wide range of colours. The material is also a cost effective solution for installation in new constructions.

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Rubber tiles


As a similar material to rubber wetpour, rubber tiles offer minimal risk to the safety for children in play areas. The pre-moulded tile can be easily installed and come in various different colours to create playground surface designs.

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Safety Grass

safety grass playground surface

Safety grass is a grass mat for paths and play surfaces. It is a safety surface that can absorb shocks and minimises risks associated with common play areas.

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Resin bound stone

resin bound stone surfaces Ireland

Coloured resin bound stone can be used for driveways and paths to and from playgrounds. Resin bound stone is a hard wearing compound with non-slip characteristics making it a popular type of surface for public locations. The compound is also available in a variety of different colours to provide a unique aesthetic appearance.

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The available children’s playground safety surfaces are all durable in nature and can be easily maintained.

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Need a playground surface quotation?

If you are looking to design a community playground or wish to resurface a playground, contact our Browne Brothers site surfaces team today on (087) 6293916 to find out more about the leading products we design, supply and install.

8 Things to consider when constructing playgrounds

playground equipment and construction

There are a number of factors that should be considered when designing a new playground. Issues from location, to costs, to the end users and safety must all be considered. The following considerations are some of the most common decisions that must be made when building a new playground.

playground construction

The Location

Choosing a location for a public playground is important for a number of reasons. If the playground is to be built for the benefit of a community, the location is important so that it will easily assessed to all. A location that is central to the community will benefit people the most from the new utility.

Deciding on the size of the playground

Deciding on the size of the site is an issue that must be dealt with in the planning phase. In built up urban areas there may be restrictions on the size of the site. In rural areas there may be less restrictions however environmental issues such as building near rivers or lakes must be looked at. whether or not to construct a car park on the site must also be addressed.

Accessibility and the intended end users

At the planning stage, who the intended users of the playground must be considered. For example, will the playground have equipment and apparatuses to accommodate small infants 3-5 years old, children 6-12, and/or Teenagers 13+, or will it be suitable for people of all ages. It is also important to design the playground for disabled access, so that the community as a whole can benefit from the new utility.

The equipment and surface installation

Choosing the playground equipment is an important factor at the planning stage. This stage includes choosing what playground apparatus will be installed and what surfaces will be installed. Choosing the most appropriate surface to install is important for child safety. Rubber wetpour and rubber tiles are common types of surfaces that are suitable for installation in playgrounds. Both types of surfaces are ideal for playgrounds because they are durable, attractive and designed specifically for safety and to minimise risk of injury.

playground equipment

Playground funding information

Funding is an issue for most community projects and this is no different for constructing a playground. From time to time grant schemes come available for community developments and in cases playground specific grants.

Choosing workmen for the construction

Choosing a site services company who have trained and qualified team members who specialise in Playground construction are ideal to complete the required task. Playground construction specialists will cater to the needs of the client and install the most appropriate materials.

Safety and Inspections

Before a playground can be opened to the public, it must be inspected by ROSPA. ROSPA is an independent body who carry out safety inspections for Local authorities and community groups. Such inspections will ensure that the new playground will meet the necessary safety standards.


Public playgrounds will experience general wear and tear over time and in some cases become damaged and/or vandalised. Playground maintenance is important in order to keep the utility safe for its users and keep its aesthetic appearance. General maintenance can extend the life of a playground and prevent costly equipment replacement.

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Playground in Brackenstown Road Swords Dublin

Development of new playground in Dublin

Development of new playground in Dublin


This is a recent playground project for Spraoi Linn which we developed in Brackenstown Road, Swords, Co. Dublin.

The project consisted of clearing the green site, preparing the layout and installing the new children’s playground.


Below are some photographs taken during construction.

Playground site construction

Phase one of the project was to carry out the excavation works.

Playground layout

Following excavation we did the layout to install the wet pour and tarmac.


Installation of wet pour surface

Installation of wet pour surface


Completed playground in Dublin

Completed playground


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On Site Playground Rope Repairs

Playground Rope Repair

Browne Brothers now offer a cost effective solution to onsite repairs of cableway jockey, rope nets and playground ropes.

Playground Rope Repair

Playground ropes and nets often need repair over time as a result of wear and tear. Browne Brothers can help eliminate the high cost of replacing entire components with the new rope repair service for Irish playgrounds. Damaged or frayed rope nets can be repaired quickly with our playground rope repair solution.


This mobile service is available to playgrounds throughout Ireland.


For more information Phone us today or check our playground repair page.