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February 2021

Carlisle Technology at Work to Make Parks and Playgrounds Safer

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Carlisle Polyurethane Systems is a leader in athletic and playground surface materials. Our Tru-Motion™ product line utilizes polyurethane binder and EPDM rubber to make playground and outdoor public exercise areas safer and more resilient for children, athletes and the general community. Carlisle technology combines binder and rubber products to maximize performance and cushion.

Our Tru-Motion products provide an eco-friendly, highly durable, visually appealing ground surface that covers the entire span of the playground’s flooring. This “pour in place” technology delivers an aesthetic, long-lasting “Safer Surface” for the children or individuals who are using the state-of-the-art playground or recreation equipment.

Over the past five years, this technology has been deployed in marquee areas of our national community. One such high profile installation includes a project created by Carlisle’s Accella Performance Materials—a company that Carlisle purchased in 2017—for the National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA) and their Trojan Park Playground development, located in Wellston, MO in concert with the Great Rivers Greenway. The Trojan Park location was formerly a vacant lot that underwent a complete transformation into a state-of-the-art playground, using an all pour-in-place safety binder.

This spotlight location and case study was particularly unique as the NRPA decided to take on a new challenge of creating a park completely “from scratch” for the first time. The location was chosen as a prime spot to create a revitalized gathering place for youth, families, and adults.

Another spotlight location for Carlisle Tru-Motion technology was a pour-in-play installation for the open-air USS Arizona Memorial Mall at the University of Arizona—as part of a full-scale deck outline of the iconic U.S. battleship that was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 (which resulted in the tragic loss of 1,177 sailors and marines killed aboard ship during the attack). The USS Arizona Memorial Mall honors these fallen heroes, and calls upon future generations to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

The Memorial Mall is a citizen-funded open-space shaped to replicate the ship’s 97-foot width and 597-foot length. It ceremonially features 1,177 brass medallions – spaced one foot apart, and each inscribed with the name, home state, rank or rating, and ship’s duties for each sailor or Marine lost on December 7th. Pour in place technology created an ideal floor surfacing for the entire project. Recycled EPDM rubber granules – colorized to match the University of Arizona’s cardinal “Brick Red” signature hue – create a visually appealing poured-in-place matting, featured across the Memorial Mall’s primary foot traffic area.

More recently, Carlisle Tru-Motion technology has been tapped for a pour-in-place installation for the upcoming Travis Mills Foundation health center development. The Travis Mills Foundation supports recalibrated veterans and their families through long-term programs that help heroic men and women to overcome physical obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation. The Foundation’s new Health and Wellness Center, now scheduled to break ground in fall 2021 (due to COVID-19 restrictions), will feature Carlisle’s pour-in-place technology as part of its outdoor recreational areas.

Tru-Motion pour-in-place playground and recreational space applications are just some of the many ways that Carlisle enhances business areas and residential spaces through polyurethane solutions designed to offer improved comfort, safety, sustainability, and performance.

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