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 climbers.
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 <100 and HIC < 570 for a play structure intended for children 18 months to 5 years old and HIC < 700 for a play structure intended for children 5 to 12 years old
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 in unintended manners. As a result they 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 it is a reasonably foreseeable 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 a dry condition. This would be in addition to the warranty for materials and workmanship. The 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.