How Recreation Plastic Is Used In Playground Equipment

Plastic playground equipment is becoming more common thanks to its durability and ease of maintenance. In fact, one of the places you’ll most frequently find plastic is at your local playground, or even in your own backyard playset. Here are a few ways plastic is used to make playground equipment safer (and more fun) for everyone.


Recreation plastic is often used for slides today, as opposed to steel. The main reason is that plastic doesn't get as hot in the summer sun as steel, which can help prevent heat-related injuries. The most common plastic used for playground equipment, including slides, is high-density polyethylene, or HDPE. HDPE can easily be formed into a variety of plastic playground equipment in tons of fun colors, making it a great option for neighborhood parks and school playgrounds.


Whether it's a rock wall or protective panels, HDPE can offer a playset tons of fun features and a unique design. HDPE can be fabricated into a variety of designs, so your playset can transform into a mountain climbing scene, a pirate ship or a jungle treehouse. Maintenance is easy, since HDPE is resistant to mold, mildew and other environmental factors that might cause scratches or discoloration. All you need is some soap and water from time to time to get your plastic playground set looking good as new.

Playhouses & Playsets

Entire playhouses and playground sets are being made of plastic like HDPE because of its easy maintenance, affordability and safety. But another benefit of HDPE is its sustainability — this kind of plastic is widely recycled, making it a go-to for environmentally friendly construction projects. So, on top of looking great and being safe, you can feel good about your plastic playground equipment thanks to its positive impact on the planet.

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Playsets are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recreation plastic. If you'd like to learn more about how plastic can be used for all sorts of family fun, head to our information center. Want to get more info on how you could use plastic for your next project? Don't hesitate to reach out today.