Cassville receives scrap tire grant

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

New surface to replace mulch at downtown park playground

The city of Cassville has announced it has secured a $40,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to construct a new playground surface using recycled vehicle tires.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program administers this grant program to divert scrap tires from landfills and illegal dumps by promoting end-uses for scrap tires.

Cassville’s project will replace the wood mulch surface at the playground in the Downtown Park with a poured in place recycled rubber tire product to improve safety and accessibility. The engineered surface will provide greater protection for the fall heights of the playground equipment and is superior to wood mulch in many ways.

It will not migrate from the site and it is not susceptible to weed intrusion, mold or fungus growth. The firm, stable and level surface will meet accessibility standards for disabled children and their guardians.

From an environmental standpoint, the project is expected to re-purpose over 14 tons of Missouri scrap tires.

The new rubber surface is expected to be installed in the late spring of 2022.

This is the same grant that was obtained in 2018 for the playground next to the Aquatic Center.

For more information on this project or the Cassville municipal park system, people may contact the public works director at 847-4441.

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