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Choosing the Best Surface & Location for Your Gaga Ball Pit

Posted by Kellie Macpherson on

Deciding on the Best Location for Your Gaga Pit

Choosing the right location for your Gaga Ball Pit is crucial for ensuring long-lasting enjoyment and safety. Here are some factors to consider and the pros and cons of different surfaces:

Grass Surface

  • Pros: Natural, soft, and absorbs impact, making it safer for play.
  • Cons: Requires removal of the top grass layer to ensure level ground. Without proper preparation, grass can be trampled, leading to maintenance issues.
  • Installation Tips: Level the ground by removing any slope. Use triple-washed, certified playground sand to create a stable and safe playing surface. Avoid using weed killers due to their chemical content; the heavy foot traffic in play areas generally prevents weed growth.

Concrete or Bitumen

  • Pros: Provides a flat and stable surface that is easy to maintain.
  • Cons: Harder surface, which can increase the risk of injuries from falls.
  • Safety Measures: To enhance safety, install a layer of artificial turf over these surfaces to cushion falls and provide a more forgiving playing surface.

Considerations for Sloped Areas

  • Slight Slopes: If the slope is less than five degrees, it can still be suitable for play. However, you will need to ensure that any installations on sloped surfaces are securely anchored and level.
  • Severe Slopes: For areas with more significant slopes, consider leveling the area or choosing a different location, as excessive slopes can affect gameplay and safety.

Artificial Turf

  • Benefits: Offers a compromise between softness and cleanliness, protecting against injuries while keeping the area free from mud and debris.
  • Installation Advice: When laying artificial turf, ensure it is securely glued and taped at the seams to prevent shifts during play. If installing over concrete or bitumen, this layer acts as a protective barrier against scrapes.

Tips for Choosing Your Location

  • Sunlight and Shade: Consider the amount of sunlight the area receives. Areas that are too exposed may make the pit uncomfortable during hot weather, while too much shade might lead to dampness and slippery conditions.
  • Accessibility: Ensure the location is easily accessible for both installation and play, without obstacles that could pose safety risks.
  • Visibility: Choose a location where caregivers can easily supervise children, enhancing safety during use.

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