Cushioning Concrete for a Playspace

Cushioning Concrete for a Playspace

Carrie McBride
Jun 7, 2010

Q: We've reclaimed a large portion of our two-car concrete driveway here in Portland, OR for a play area for our 2.5-year-old daughter, but need some suggestions for a material to use under a small wading pool or climber. We don't want to break up the concrete, as having the space is good for resale around here, but need something that can function as padding for the inevitable falls. An indoor/outdoor rug could work, but doesn't provide any cushioning. The area we'd need to cover could be as small as 8x8 or large as about 10x10. Mold/mildew growth would be a factor, as would drainage, as it would have to go on top of the concrete. We hoping to find a solution for under $500. Any suggestions would be very helpful!

Sent by Amy

Editor: We think Amy's identified a hole in the marketplace here. It seems there should be residential options similar (and cheaper) than what you might find at a playground (like these Kidz Ergo Mattas). One thought was to string together recycled flip flop mats, but that may be more work than you want. Readers - help! What ideas do you have?

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