Playground sand used in Toronto Parks, what is it? And contracts awarded, Hospital for Sick Kids, sand & wood chip study.



City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division and what you don’t one year contract to Hutcheson Sand & Mixs for the amount of $144,650.00 (contract 3920-17-0084), effective April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 with the option to renew the Contract for two (2) additional separate one (1) year periods,

Playground Sand is an important part of the most playgrounds in the Junctions, well used by children for play and exploration, the quality of the standards of the and it’s long-term play and safety characteristics, those in by the city should be no one by the each community. Below is the text from the winning better for the city of Toronto explaining the quality of their sand.

It has been said that all sands are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth…
Worldwide statistics indicate that 55%-75% of all playground injuries result from falls onto non-compliant compacted surfaces from adjacent play structures. The purpose of the protective safety surfacing is to reduce the number of injuries over-all and to protect children from life-threatening or debilitating injuries.
Hutcheson CSA Compliant Granite Playground Sand is an exceptional protective safety surfacing material created with the safety of children in mind. It is our goal to provide all customers with an economical protective surfacing material that continues to meet or exceed CSA standards and has excellent play value for kids of every age.



Hutcheson’s Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Compliant Granite Playground Sand is tested in accordance with ASTM F355, ASTM F1292, CAN/CSA Z614 specifications. Surface impact attenuation tests have been performed by independent consultants for ten years since initial installation and our Granite Playground Sand has continued to meet or exceed the CSA standards in dry, wet or frozen environmental conditions, without requiring rototilling.




In December 2009, The Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto, published the results of a multiyear study titled, “School Playground Surfacing And Arm Fractures In Children: A Cluster Randomized Trial Comparing Sand to Wood Chip Surfaces” *. The findings of this real-world study indicated that granite sand surfaces substantially reduce the risk of arm fractures and other injuries caused by falls from playground equipment when compared with wood fiber surfaces. Subsequently, in the fall of 2010, independent surface impact tests were performed on two playgrounds that have had Hutcheson’s protective surfacing product installed for 10 years and have never been rototilled. These tests indicated that our granitic sand retained its CSA Compliance despite the lack of maintenance over ten years, even when the drop height of the load cell significantly exceeded the fall height of the play equipment.



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Complete city requirements below,

Contract number: 47020602
Date awarded: April 27, 2017
Client division: Parks, Forestry & Recreation


5.1 SHAPE:

Bidder shall provide sand with round or semi-round, not sharp, particles. Bidder shall provide, with his bid, a report, prepared by an independent reputable laboratory, showing photomicrograph(s) of their representative particles

5.2 SIZE:

Bidder should provide sand with the following particle size distribution. Sand outside these requirements may be considered, providing all other requirements of this specification are met. Bidder shall provide, with his bid, a report, prepared by an independent reputable laboratory, showing the sieve analysis offered.

Screen Size Percent Passing

Number 10 (2.0 mm) 100%

Number 18 (1.0 mm) 90 – 98%

Number 35 (0.5 mm) 20 – 75%

Number 60 (0.25 mm) 5 -20%

Number 100 (0.15 mm) 0 – 3%

Number 270 (0.05 mm) 0 – 0.2%


Bidder shall provide sand with geological properties that insure stable, non-chemical reactive, properties with respect to the City of Toronto outdoor environment. Bidder shall provide, with his bid, a report, prepared by an independent reputable laboratory.

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6.1 Bidder shall provide Surface Impact Test Results completed within the last 5 years, per Section 4.5, showing stability over time, under normal atmospheric outdoor use conditions in the periods of April 30th to October 1st, without roto-tilling, as follows:

 Initial as installed

 After five (5) weeks without roto-tilling

 After ten (10) weeks without roto-tilling

 After twenty (20) weeks without roto-tilling

6.2 Bidder shall provide sand meeting latest edition of CSA Z614-14, Section 10.1, as initially, and also after five (5), ten (10) and twenty (20) weeks of normal use without roto-tilling or any other method of upsetting natural compaction


7.1 Sand failing to meet requirements of Section 6.0, including without limitation the twenty (20) weeks stability requirements of Section 6.0, shall be removed and replaced by the Vendor with sand meeting this specification, all at no additional cost to the City of Toronto.

7.2 In cases of dispute of surface impact test results, the bidder and the City shall mutually agree on an independent accredited tester and both parties shall witness the tests. Test averages failing latest edition of CSA Z614-14 shall require the bidder to pay the cost of such tests.


Issue date: February 22, 2017 Closing date: March 13, 2017
at 12:00 Noon
Notes: 2 Addenda
3920-17-0084 Viewing Copy.pdf (714 Kbytes) – Posted on 02/22/2017 03:21:52 PM
3920-17-0084 Addendum 1.pdf (111 Kbytes) – Posted on 03/08/2017 02:55:58 PM
3920-17-0084 Addendum 2.pdf (97 Kbytes) – Posted on 03/10/2017 02:36:29 PM
Buyer: Di Petta, Nicole Phone number: 416-338-5583
Email: Location: City Hall, 17th Floor West Tower

Non-refundable document fee:
$100.00 + 13.00 HST = $113.00
Security deposit:

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March 31, 2018 with the option to renew the Contract for two (2) additional separate one (1) year periods, all in accordance with the provisions and specifications contained in this Request for Quotation (RFQ) and the City of Toronto’s Procurement Policies, the attached Appendix “C” – Price Form, and the City of Toronto Fair Wage Policy and Labour Trades Contractual Obligations in the Construction Industry.

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