Some City of Austin playgrounds unsafe, according to safety audit

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Only 52 of Austin’s 99 playgrounds were inspected by a certified playground inspector in 2013, according to a safety audit released Thursday.

In 2012, eight playgrounds were found to be so dangerous they were classified as  having “non-compliant safety concerns that may result in permanent disability, loss of life or body part, and should be corrected immediately.” Even so, a year later, only four of those playgrounds were actually repaired.

Onion Creek Park was near the top of the list of those eight at risk. It was in such disrepair, the playscape was instead replaced altogether.

At Little Stacy Neighborhood Park, repairs have yet to come. Screws could be seen sticking out and broken pieces of the playground were found lying on the ground next. Parks and Recreation officials say their plan is to replace much of what is currently in place at the park. Several items in the park are more than 15 years old, and safety codes have gotten stricter in recent years.

The eight most dangerous playgrounds in the report are:

  • Barrington Elementary School
  • Barton Hills Elementary School
  • Lat-t Branch Greenbelt
  • Little Stacy Neighborhood Park
  • Onion Creek Park
  • Sanchez Elementary School
  • Tyhurst pocket park
  • Trailhead Neighborhood Park

Officials say they close parks that are dangerous until the repairs have been made.

 

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