Rooted in History
EVERPLAY Installation Inc. was formed in 1993 to
actively pursue the marketing opportunities, under license to
EVERPLAY International Inc., which resulted from the exceptional
history and performance of the EVERPLAY surface that was first
installed in 1984.
The original development of the EVERPLAY surface
was to provide a resilient surface that children would benefit from
in the playground or recreational setting.
It was based on work and chemistry that had proven itself in Switzerland during the 1970’s and
reformulated with input from chemistry in other European countries.
This forms the basis for what people enjoy today as the state
of the art EVERPLAY surface.
Since 1990 EVERPLAY has actively supported the
progression of Standards for Surfacing in both Canada and the United
States, including the establishing of a portable surface test device
that is now use all over the world.
In conjunction with the work with Standards, the EVERPLAY
surface has continued to advance in function and performance.
EVERPLAY has been a long-term advocate of testing the performance of
surfacing from the tops of barriers, guardrails, swing supports, and
EVERPLAY Installation Inc. has also been an
advocate of the reduction of injuries in the playground with
participation in the Safe Kids video; Child’s Play, and the
Ontario Parks Association video; It’s Time to Stop Playing Around.
These videos have been a forerunner in advancing the
protection of children at play.
As a part of this advocacy EVERPLAY Installation has insisted
that all of the EVERPLAY that is installed shall impart less force
than is set as a minimum pass/fail in the Standards.
The Standards require that the Gmax not exceed 200 and the
HIC (head injury criteria) not exceed 1000.
Impacts above these values are considered to be likely to
lead to a life-threatening head injury.
EVERPLAY surfaces are installed and tested in the
field to provide a Gmax <150 and HIC <800.
EVERPLAY Installation Inc. has also been an
advocate for the owner/operator in promoting the fact that children
will play as they see fit and as a result will climb and potentially
fall from heights that are higher than the minimums in the
Standards. The general
rule of thumb is that if a part of a structure is horizontal and not
a roof there is a reasonable expectation that a child could climb to
it or drape their body over it and therefore fall from it. This is
the height that the owner/operator is obligated to stipulate prior
to purchase. Therefore,
every contract specification shall stipulate that the drop height is
the highest horizontal railing within the protective surface zone
for each play component.
A further protection of the owner/operator is
provided for with the EVERPLAY 5 warranty that requires that the
maintained surface at the end of the warranty period will comply
with the requirements of the CSA Playspaces and Equipment Standard
for impact attenuation from the drop heights originally established
prior to purchase in temperatures above -5C and dry condition.
This would be in addition to the warranty for materials and
Standards to which the owner/operators are held require that the
surface never exceed 200 Gmax or 1000 HIC during the life of the
playspace. The EVERPLAY
warranty is unique in this respect.
Accessibility is a key element of the EVERPLAY
surface. We have worked with
people with experience in this field to provide surfaces for
locations such as the Hugh McMillan Play and Learn on Eglinton Ave.,
Toronto;, Mohawk Park,
Brantford; Canneterra Park, Sarnia; Thistleoaks Child Care,
Oakville; and Highview School, Aurora, Bridgeland Park, Calgary,
Hugh Mcmillan Children's Centre, Toronto, Crosby Park, Richmond
Hill, Memorial Park, Mississauga, Dixie/Sandlewood, Brampton, Toddy
Jones Park, Amherstburg, and Legacy Park, Windsor to name a few.
It is important that when building the accessible
play surface that it be truly accessible by the unassisted child and
still meet the EVERPLAY standards for impact absorption.
In many cases manufacturers sacrifice one or the other
feature and then the child can suffer an unnecessary injury or the
play value and therefore playability is lost to the child that needs
the most assistance.
EVERPLAY invented the rumble strip in either the
raise or inverted versions.
This provides a fun experience to riders of wheeled devices
such as wheelchairs and tricycles.
As we progress into the new 2nd decade of the
Millennium, EVERPLAY Installation continues to develop and advance
the technology for synthetic surfaces.
Utilizing a chemical binder that is manufactured by an
affiliate of EVERPLAY and originally formulated in 1988, the
EVERPLAY surface has been installed to meet the performance
requirements of EVERPLAY International Inc. to drop heights ranging
from 3 to 4 meters, which generally encompasses the height of the
railings around a spiral slide.
EVERPLAY that 3 of its employees are members of
CAPP, the Canadian
Associaiton of Playground Practioners, with Rolf Huber having served
as an originating executive member and Adan Huber serving as
President for 2011 and 2012.