Oklahoma City closes seven playgrounds temporarily for safety risk
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL NewsOK.com
Friday, October 12, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City officials have temporarily closed seven playgrounds at city parks because of debris like roofing materials and insulation found in playing surfaces.
A material made of engineered wood fibers was recently put in at the parks by March's Mulch, a new contractor used by the city for playing surfaces, city Parks and Recreation Department Director Wendel Whisenhunt said.
Parks crews found the foreign materials Thursday morning in the wood chips, prompting officials to close the parks until the issue is resolved. The materials found in the playing surface included the insulation and roofing materials, along with pieces of metal and plastic.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we're going to close those playgrounds temporarily until we've assessed the situation,” Whisenhunt said, adding that officials aren't sure how the material became included in the playing surface, but it was not intentional.
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