Let’s clear this up about the slides at the inclusive playground at Park Circle…Will the stainless steel slides burn your kid, and why have stainless steel anyway? This is an inclusive playground with an element of play for EVERYONE.
Stainless steel slides are an optimal choice for individuals with cochlear implants as they generate minimal static while sliding down. This reduces the risk of interference with the implants. Conversely, plastic slides are not recommended for use with implants due to the potential static interference.
The stainless steel slides, manufactured by SKYWAYS, feature a single wall construction, a 12-gauge thickness, and a 304 Grade Stainless Steel material. With a 32” inside diameter, these slides are built to last.
While the temperatures of the stainless steel may vary based on location and environment, Landscape Structures has taken measures to ensure the safety of all users. The outside of the slide has been heat tested to match the hottest parts of the summer, however, the exterior is not touched by users. The interior sections of the slide bedway are consistently shaded and typically maintain the ambient outside temperatures. Additionally, the slide exits are constructed of solid concrete, designed in a light color to deflect heat. Although slightly warmer than the internal sections of the slide when exposed to full sun, the concrete slide exits have not reached temperatures that could cause discomfort or injury.
Landscape Structures prides itself on its commitment to innovation, design, and safety. Extensive testing is performed to ensure that all products are safe no matter where they are installed. The Hedra Towers, featuring these stainless steel slides, have been installed in numerous locations across the country, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa, Idaho, Florida, and more, with no reported injuries since their installation in 2019.