Children’s Safety Surfaces


Copeland Coating Company, Inc. has developed new and innovative solutions for the emerging playground surfacing market.

All material and installation methods are in strict accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and The American Standard Testing Material (ASTM) requirements.

Copeland Coating Company, Inc. has been in the sports surfacing industry since 1945. We have been installing poured in place polyurethane surfaces since 1981 and have hundreds of installations throughout the Northeastern United States.

Years of experience in the poured in place polyurethane business has enabled us to develop Action-Play™ playground safety surfacing; a unique poured in place system with no seams and consistent shock absorbency

Thickness can vary from 1.5″ to 5.0″ and be applied in one or two lifts (to meet equipment fall heights of up to 12′) and be customized to your specific color choices

Action-Play™ delivers unlimited design potential, safety and durability to any play environment.

  • Available for every base: Asphalt, Concrete, Sand & Stone
  • Personal preference allows for endless color combinations
  • Tailored for specific equipment heights
  • Entirely porous play surface for optimal drainage and safety
  • Virtually maintenance free and vandal resistant
  • A system for every budget

Action-Play™ playground safety surfacing provides dependable, permanent protection for all play areas. This unique poured in place system will cushion falls for years to come. Unlike sand, gravel or wood chips, Action-Play™ won’t blow away, turn into projectiles, or become matted at slide exits, under swing, ropes & ladders.

When Children’s Safety Comes First . . . Action-Play™ is the Right Choice!

Technical Specifications

1. Purpose:
The intent of this specification is to provide a guideline tbf the installation of a poured in place polyurethane playground safety surfacing system.

2. Scope:
The work covered by this specification consists of furnishing all labor, equipment, materials and performance of all operations in connection with the instdllation of ACTlON-PLAY to the specified surface areas.

3. Materials:

  • ACTION-PLAY 100% polyurethane binder base mat binding agent.
  • ACTION-PLAY shredded rubber for base (Cushion shock pad) (black).
  • ACTION-PLAY polyurethane pigmented (top course) rubber granulate 1.0 mm to 3.0 mm or 1.0 mm to 4.0 mm. (Black or colored)
  • ACTION-PLAY Polyurethane line marking paint.

4. Surface Preparation:
After sub-base installation of asphalt, concrete, stone or sand has been properly compacted, (asphalt cured I5 days and concrete cured 25 days) and all sub-base surfaces brought to proper contour and elevation in strict accordance with drawings and/or specifications, surface is ready for ACTION-PLAY poured in place system.

5. Planary and Slope:
Before application of the base (cushion shock pad), the asphalt, concrete, stone or sand sub-base shall be tested for planarity using a 10′ straight edge. All leveling work should be performed so that the finished surface slope is a minimum of I % to allow for proper drainage. If indoors, surface can be flat.

6. Procedure / Installation ACTION-PLAY surface

(A). Base (cushion shock pad): Mix the black buffings with polyurethane binder in a non-porous container at the prescribed rubber to binder ratios, which will assure complete binder coverage of each rubber particle. Screed and trowel mixture on sub-base to a uniform thickness, compacting material to assure adhesion and proper bonding. After prescribed thickness is achieved, allow base (cushion shock pad) to cure. Depending on humidity (1 2-24 hours).

(B). Top (wearing course layer): Mix the colored (per specifications) EDPM 1 mm to 3mm or 1mm to 4 rubber particles with the liquid binder in a non -porous container at the prescribed rubber to binder ratio which will assure complete binder coverage of each rubber particle. Screed and trowel mixture on base (cushion shock pad) to a uniform thickness compacting material to assure adhesion and proper bonding. After prescribed thickness is achieved and proper planarity has been assured, allow top (wearing course layer) to cure ( I 2-24 hours).

(C). Erect barricades / fencing as required to prevent pedestrian traffic on finished surface for a period of 12-24 hours.

7. Striping / Play Markings:

  • Utilizing ACTION-PLAY polyurethane paints. apply all play markings per specifications, allowing paint 4-8 hours to cure.

8. Minimum Physical Properties at Surface:

  • ASTM F 1292-95 and F-355-95, Proceedure C.

9. ACTION-PLAY Specifications

  • Polyurethane Binder to Rubber Ratio for Base (Cushlon Shock Pad) … 14- 16%
  • Polyurethane Binder to Rubber Ratio for Top (Wearing course layer)…20 – 22%
  • Base (cushion shock pad) thickness (Pad thickness to be determined by playground…1.5″ – 5″.
  • Top (Wearing course layer) thickness…(EDPM colored granules)…3/8″ – ½”.
  • Polyurethane Binder – MDI (No TDI) … 100% solids

Photo Gallery

Imagine installing a product as friendly to install as an asphalt based beautifier with a lot of the same strengths as a coal tar based sealer.   Action-Pave LP Base Sealer
In this installment, Copeland provided USTA Eastern a step-by-step view of a recent court repair and resurfacing project at Katonah Memorial Park in Katonah, NY. Please check out the PDF of the full article!

Copeland Coating has been a very reliable
company for us over the years.

When we have had projects, they work hard to make sure all our questions

and concerns have been met. Their work crews have always been reliable and

the work has been completed on time. The end product has always been


We continue to use Copeland Coating and strongly recommend them.

Rensselaer Youth Bureau

LBMC has been a satisfied customer of Copeland Coating for
over 20 years

The service is both reliable and timely

Copeland Coating is synonymous with playing services
in Wayne County Camping

Dan Kagan Bryn Mawr Camp

Copeland Coating has been resurfacing tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts at Camp Scatico for more than 25 summers. They’ve completed every project on time and on budget. What more can you ask for?

Scatico Camp

Over the past 20 years our camps have worked with Copeland Coating to meet our surfacing needs. Steve and the team at Copeland have consistently exceeded expectation in helping to recondition our sport courts and to build new facilities including our hockey rink and tennis courts. I highly recommend them and look forward to working with Copeland in the future.

Marc Honigfeld Trail's End Camp

Copeland coating goes the extra coating when it comes to great customer service. For 12 years it’s been a straight set victory for our member tennis courts!


Just a quick note to thank you once again for the terrific job you did with our courts this spring. Over the past 15 years we have enjoyed the relationship with you and Copeland Coating, and have come to trust your judgement and expertise. You have always communicated timely with us, finished your work ahead of schedule, and the quality of work is impeccable.

We look forward to many more years together – see you at Tri-State.

Mark Newfield Owner/Director, Iroquois Springs

Whenever there is any court resurfacing, repair or painting the only company I have ever used is Copeland Coating. I have found them to reliable, professional and reasonable with regards to pricing.

Fred & Ross Moskowitz Camp Westmont

Track & Field has always been a major part of my life.  I was an athlete from a young age growing up in New York and now a Master official and high school track & field coach.  Never did I imagine that I would have the ability and opportunity to build a track & field facility.

Every detail was planned carefully.  It was very important to me to choose the correct workers and companies that would make my dream a reality.  Most of the workers were local with many being Bethel track & field alumni and families.  When it came to choosing a track surfacing company, the choices were many, but one significantly stood out from the rest….Action Track Surfacing.

My first meeting with Steve Hinding & Doug Stone left me with an impression of honesty and commitment, as well as superior knowledge and expertise.   They listened carefully to my desires and needs. They offered suggestions and a well organized plan to accomplish my goal.  They were as concerned with completing a high quality track facility as I was.  Every question was met with a timely answer.  There were no hidden costs.  The project was completed in the contracted budget with no surprises.  Their crews worked perfectly with in the time table.  They were clean, hard working and professional…even to the point of cutting a slot drain on their hands and knees to meet the desired design!  Steve has been back several times to check the quality of his work.  Action Track has made sure that I am completely satisfied with the project.  

 Each day I arrive at the facility it takes my breath away.  The beautiful 8 lane track, javelin runway, and sealed walkways, all completed by Action Track Surfacing, have given my team and the town of Bethel a first class track & field facility!  I would highly recommend their services for all track & field surfacing needs.

Bethel Track

We have worked with Copland Coating for well over twenty years. There work is outstanding and they stand by the what they do. John and Steve have always been responsive to our needs. Copland is a 1st rate organization.

Dave Tager Indian Head Camp

Over the past 15 years, RDA Landscape Architects
has successfully worked with your company on a myriad of Long Island school
running track and tennis court surfacing projects. I am always impressed with
the way you respond to us, whether it is to provide an in-depth review of
existing conditions, prepare cost estimates or ensure a surfacing project moves
swiftly and smoothly from start to finish. We breathe easier when you are on
the job and we will continue to recommend Copeland Coating to our Clients for
quality and timely work.

Bob Retnauer RLA