Mark Bollinger

On district playgrounds, a debate underfoot


LYNDALE — Nancy Brown was at Lyndale Community School in May to register the youngest of her three sons for the school’s High-Five preschool program, and afterwards the two joined other families out on the playground.

It was hot, and the sun beat down as children crawled over the equipment, a collection of ladders, slides and climbing bars surrounded by what looks like black mulch. Like most school playgrounds in Minneapolis, Lyndale’s uses a material made from shredded car and truck tires to protect children from falls.


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