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Say bye-bye to sand at Las Vegas parks due to safety concern

Posted at 11:59 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 03:35:10-04

The city of Las Vegas is doing away with sand at all 68 of its parks. The change is being made is with your kids in mind.

The sand is being replaced with a rubberized material for accessibility and safety reasons.
"As parents and leaders of the community, we need to make sure that we have the appropriate surfaces in place," said Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow.
City workers already have a few parks complete with the new rubberized surface, like Charleston Neighborhood Preservation Park, Mountain Ridge Park, Coleman Park and Rafael Rivera Park.
All five playgrounds at Children's Memorial Park are next in line for the change. The sand is currently being removed at the east area playground inside Children's Memorial Park.
Barlow says this is so important because it will make it easier for all types of children to get around, whether they have a disability or are in a wheel chair.
The other reason it is important is because dangerous items have been found in the sand.
"Glass and needles and pins and different things that can actually poke and affect children's safety," said Barlow.
A park the size of the east area playground at Children's Memorial Park will cost taxpayers about $18,000 to remove the sand and replace it with the rubbery squishy material.