Safer Surfaces Installed at Three Washoe County Parks

RENO, NV - Normally, South Valleys Park wouldn't be a hot spot in January. But a number of families, including the Coudriets, were taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to play on their favorites.

"I love the monkey bars and the spider," says Mia Coudriet.

It was their first time back at the park since it reopened last week with a brand new surface.

"With the padding if they fall, our son already had a skull fracture this year, so i feel a little safer having him fall on this than dirt or concrete," says Mike Coudriet.

The extra safety is due to the playground's soft rubberized tiling which replaced the old wooden fibar chips that are seen in many Washoe County parks. The new surface also means less maintenance for park officials.

"We were in here on a weekly basis, whether it was after a big heavy wind or kids using it and it being moved around," says Parks Operations Superintendent Eric Crump.

Parents definitely agree that the change is positive.

"We like it. I think it just looks more finished and it's much cleaner on the shoes," says Mishell Gallio.

"These pads, they brought them up to a level where the kids can climb onto the apparatus a lot easier, so he can get on everything now. before, he was struggling to get on it," says David Melkonian.

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