Will we continue to use Poured-In-Place (PIP)?

Our typical playground uses use Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) surfacing. EWF is a processed wood (approx. 2" length max.), ground to a fibrous consistency, free of hazardous elements, and approved by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). It is engineered specifically for playgrounds and free of twig and leaf material. However, each site will be evaluated to determine the best surface. Site conditions or programmatic needs may make poured in place a preferred surface. For example, a site that is in the flood plain may be a good candidate for PIP.

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1. Why did we start testing lead in the County's playgrounds?
2. How frequently do we test for lead at playgrounds?
3. Will we continue to use Poured-In-Place (PIP)?
4. How long will the remediation work take at Riverdale?
5. What is the long-term strategy for keeping Prince George's County residents safe?