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Re: Results from climbing wall research
Thanks for posting your findings.
My climbing wall expert says pea gravel in a containment with drainage can
be hosed down to control dust. It is the best landing material for knees.
Apparantly the bounce in rubber products gives too much rebound.
At 04:43 PM 9/15/99 -0700, you wrote:
>About a month ago, I asked you all for help in finding businesses that made
>or sold climbing wall landing surfaces. Wow, I received a lot of responses
>and great resources. Based on your responses and a little bit of my own
>research, here is a list of companies that deal with recreational surfaces
>for your reference. Sorry if I missed anyone. And, I am not making any
>judgement calls as to which is "better", crumb rubber or foam mats or
>Recreational Surfaces - Contacts
>- ASTM Committee F-8 on Sports Equipment and Facilities
>Contact: George Luciw, 610-832-9710
>Description: This committee includes subcommittees F08.21 Climbing and
>Mountaineering, F08.63 Playground Surfacing, F08.64 Natural Playing
>Surfaces, and F08.65 Synthetic Playing Surfaces.
>- Dodge-Regupol, Inc.
>Location: 715 Fountain Avenue, PO Box 989, Lancaster, PA, 17608
>Contact: John Aten, 800-322-1923 or 717-295-3400, http://www.regupol.com
>Description: Makes mats from recycled tire crumb rubber. Check the website
>to determine wear characteristics.
>- EnTire Recycling, Inc.
>Location: Nebraska City, Nebraska
>Contact: P.O. Box 247, 215 N. First St., Nebraska City, NE, 402-873-3139
>Description: Company makes playground cover out of used tires; wire-free.
>- Recycled Rubber Resources, LLC.
>Location: Macon, Missouri
>Contact: 612 Blees Industrial Dr, Macon, MO, 660-385-7156,
>Description: Produces safety playground and recreational tiles using
>- Recycled Rubber Resources
>Location: Huron, Ohio
>Contact: BoingRubber@recycledrubber.com, http://www.recycledrubber.com
>Description: Produces and distributes BOING! playground safety surface.
>BOING! is made from recycled tire particles.
>- Resilite Sports Products
>Location: Sunbury PA
>Contact: 800-the-mats, http://www.resilite.com
>Description: Produces athletic, gymnastic, and wrestling mats as well as
>custom wall and floor mats. Resilite however applies a vinyl coating to
>foam to create a mat. The type and thickness of the foam determines the
>type of mat being created. Their mats reportedly last for 10 years or
>longer based on usage.
>Location: New Jersey Company
>Contact: 800-993-9411, http://www.perma-turf.com
>Description: Makes several products from recycled tires. One of their
>products, Perma-Turf, is marketed as a playground safety surface that is
>resilient and absorbs impact.
>US Environmental Protection Agency
>Description: Here's a web site archive for a recycling list serve. Under
>commodities, plastic and rubber, there is "tire processing and recycled
>USA Gymnastic Supply
>Contact: Steve, firstname.lastname@example.org, 316-792-2209
>Description: "I have been in business since 1993 and have used pea stone
>gravel, rubber, and foam and last month we got rid of all of them. They
>proved to be messy, dusty and a lot of work. We have since changed to a
>Carpeted Crosslynx 2" foam bonded carpet used primarly by gymnastic
>businesses. Its professional looking and we here in CT are very glad we
>General Comments Received From Web Inquiries:
>- How about scrap foam pieces?
>- How about Teva scraps (their ware house is in CA somewhere, but then you
>may have to pay more for shipping to MT)?
>- The best thing to do is to try and find a local company that deals in
>foam products. (gymnastic mats, kids toys, sandals or shoes, etc. . . )
>- The next best thing is to try and determine if there is a tire shredder
>in the vicinity. However, they get very dirty and are pretty difficult to
>- Sportrock has run the gambit on landing surfaces, from pea gravel to the
>rubber leftovers from Teva sandals, to shredded rubber, and finally to
>gymnastics padding. This was a process, and carried with it a lot of labor
>and money. But if you have ever bouldered over pea gravel, then you know
>what breathing dust all day is like. The rubber is sufficient as far as
>cushioning, but does yield injuries due to the uneven surface it creates.
>Rubber is also extremely dirty, and there are always hard clumps, (ankle
>busters) in the batch. The gymnastics padding is both aesthetically
>pleasing and easy to maintain, all while providing an even, well cushioned
>landing surface. The biggest benefits have been cleanliness, safety, and
>customer satisfaction (Collin McCaffery, Sportrock Manager,
>Montana Pollution Prevention Program
>MSU Extension Service
>Taylor Hall, P.O. Box 173580
>Bozeman, MT 59717-3580