November 5, 2014

Federal Hill Park (FHP), a signature landmark in Baltimore, Md., recently renovated its playground area with new equipment that incorporates iconic, local historical structures. With the assistance of South Harbor Renaissance and dedicated efforts from Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, the playground includes: the Federalist Ship, Signal Hill Tower, Fort Federal Hill, and, in the future for Phase Two of the project, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

The playground committee selected ECORE, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, to supply playground tiles that complement each symbolic icon. ECORE's PlayGuard Safety Surfacing is designed to reduce the risk of serious injuries associated with falls while also providing custom color and logo capabilities. A mixture of tan and brown tiles were installed around the tower to simulate dirt or sand, grey tiles were inserted to mimic stone around the train track, and a bright blue surface was installed to make the ship look like it's on water.

"The previous, generic rubber flooring was easily torn and the maintenance factor was a nightmare," said Eric Black, FHP project manager. "So the committee went with ECORE for the great color selection, knowing that it will hold up for years to come."

Along with other restorations throughout the park, the FHP playground was rededicated on September 14, 2014 in honor of Defenders' Day. Presiding Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, was in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony, which officially commenced the playground being open to the community. To learn more about PlayGuard visit: