PlayZone VS Use Zone in Commercial Playgrounds

As you are looking at our commercial playgrounds, you will notice two different areas around the playground on the schematics. One is labeled use zone; the other is labeled play zone. What is the difference?

Use Zone

Use zone is the bare minimum space requirements around each piece to meet ASTM standards. The use zone is considered the minimum for safe play, and as long as you achieve this spacing, you will meet ASTM standards.

When installing a playground, we use our Playzone dimensions instead of the minimum use zone requirements. We will talk about this next.


PlayZone is the entire area King Swings will install around the playground. It will meet or exceed ASTM standards. The goal for using the PlayZone dimensions is to ensure that every commercial playground we build and install will pass ASTM standards for spacing.

Think of it as a safety buffer for the safety buffer.

Another reason we use the PlayZone dimensions is for ease and speed of installation. This allows our crews to quickly and efficiently install your playground surfacing and border. Each playground has a standard installation that will meet ASTM standards each time.

Another reason we use the PlayZone dimension is to ensure plenty of room. We don’t want our playgrounds to feel tight and constrained. We want plenty of space for children to run and play around the playground.

If you have any other questions regarding our commercial playgrounds, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our sales team. They would be happy to help you out!

Blake Greenly

Blake Greenly has been a sales representative for King Swings Commercial since the launch of the new brand. He comes from a background of hard work and dedication that drives him to ensure his clients are satisfied through the whole process of buying a commercial playground.

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