Designing Playgrounds for Rainy Weather with PlaySmart

Are you looking for a playground design that is effective against rainy weather?

PlaySmart has some recommendations in order to help you design your playground as safe and wet resistant as possible in to help ensure children’s safety in a wet playground.

RubbaSmart Wet Pour Surfacing
Vibrant yellow track around playground equipment with black safety surfacing. A racing track for children's car toys

Wet pour is the classic safety surfacing solution for play areas and RubbaSmart from PlaySmart is a high-quality wet pour rubber solution. Available in a range of colours, thicknesses and designs, it has wet poured surfacing that is durable, low maintenance play surface. PlaySmart are happy to support you from design and layout to installation and aftercare.

Applications of RubberSmart

RubbaSmart rubber playground flooring can be used for schools, parks and public places. It can be installed over existing surfaces such as concrete or tarmac or we can lay a sub-base if required.

Where to use RubbaSmart:
  • Children’s play areas
  • Multi-use games areas
  • Parks and recreation grounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Pathways
  • Seating areas
  • Splash pads
  • Domestic gardens
Key Benefits of RubbaSmart
  • Perfect for playgrounds where a colourful designs and patterns is required
  • Suitable for playgrounds and play areas with equipment
  • Slip resistant surface and no trip edges
  • Can be laid on tarmac and concrete
  • Low maintenance
Safety of RubbaSmart

Although we pride RubbaSmart’s aesthetic values, safety is an absolute priority for our playground surfacing.

RubbaSmart is above all a safety surface and can be specified at varying thicknesses in order to provide a range of Critical Fall Heights from 20mm (0.7m CFH) to 130mm (3.0m CFH). Wet pour can also be repaired or topped up with a reskim layer to fix the wear-and-tear of playground activity.

EPDM MulchSmart

New arrival! EPDM Mulch is now available in the UK through PlaySmart. Made from Virgin Rubber Shred, meaning the colour does not rub off over time and there are no carbon particulates or toxins released from regular activity, EPDM MulchSmart is a great low-maintenance option for a range of playground uses. This surfacing is especially recommended for Nurseries and Pre-Schools where traditional SBR recycled rubber mulch or loose fill is not suitable and where its range of vibrant colour blends which stay bright throughout the life of the surface is a great draw.

Key Benefits
  • True Colour Virgin EPDM rubber will not change in colour or rub colour off onto clothes and skin
  • No harmful toxins released
  • Durable, all weather surface
  • Very low maintenance
  • Excellent slip resistance offering full wheelchair and buggy accessibility
  • Suppresses weeds, but accommodates tree and plant growth
  • Minimal sub-base required, saving money
  • Quick to install, with minimal disruption to the ground and site
  • Available for install at a range of fully certified depths to provide fall protection to suit your requirements.

Our SmartPave range is perfect to suit your pathway surfacing needs. We offer two variations of SmartPave, the most popular being a water permeable surfacing system using a blend of naturally decorative aggregates and recycled rubber granules from used tyres. The other variation being a resin bound gravel.

Both variations of SmartPave are suitable for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian traffic on pathways and rural trails with smooth surfaces meeting accessibility requirements for wheelchair users, prams and buggies. Our resin bound gravel is also suitable for driveways.


Black rubber recycled granules and decorative aggregates are bound together with a specially formulated, moisture curing polyurethane binder, producing a firm surface with good grip and resilience. When constructed on a suitable base, the surface is fully porous and meets the requirements for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUD’s).

Our resin bound gravel uses the highest quality aggregates and specially formulated resin binder. It forms an attractive, even surface that is an excellent alternative to traditional paving methods, such as loose gravel. The resin is a cold applied system, based on a unique hybrid polyurethane which is environmentally friendly and both solvent and odour free.

SmartPave Applications

Our key recommendations for SmartPave Application are:

  • Footpaths
  • Eco-trails
  • Cycle paths
  • Tree pits
  • Canal and river paths
  • Cemetery paths
  • Driveways

Our three standard colours for our SUDS SmartPave are Red, Gold and Silver, however special colours can be ordered subject to lead times and minimum order quantities.

permeable paving
suds compliant
Safety Guarantees for SmartPave

SmartPave has been independently tested for slip resistance and porosity. Certificates are only applicable where all parts of the system are purchased directly from PlaySmart and the surface has been installed by us or mixed and installed according to our instructions.

Once installed and fully cured, the surface is considered inert and non-toxic. The water permeable surfacing uses large quantities of recycled tyres, giving it excellent environmental credentials. Our resin bound gravel uses a hybrid polyurethane which is environmentally friendly and both solvent and odour free.

Key Benefits of SmartPave
  • Doesn’t require a newly engineered base
  • Low maintenance
  • Quick installation process
  • Environmentally friendly due to use of recycled rubber tyres
  • Fully drained system

We continue to innovate and promote only the best products to ensure quality and safety is met.

Get in touch today and of our advisors will be more than happy to help.


Learn more about our products or please give us a call on 01564 721811


Best wishes, the PlaySmart team!

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