Question: Should the design of the play area include plants that are found there naturally, such as the one pictured?
No, not all naturally occurring plants found in play areas should remain. Toxic plants, such as poison ivy, need to be removed.
Additional Guidelines and Recommendations
- All toxic plants (poison ivy, poison sumac, etc.) are removed, and the area is inspected regularly to ensure it remains free of toxic plants.1
- Grass is kept short and grounds are designed with proper drainage to eliminate stagnant water.