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The White House Playground

The White House Playground

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20500

Average Rating: 3.0 (6 ratings)
Playground, Housing / Subdivision, Private, Cost?

Hooray for the First Family for valuing the importance of play! According to Yahoo! News on Mar. 4, 2009, "First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama got a big surprise after school: a brand new swing set. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, arranged for it to be installed Wednesday while their daughters were at school. It is set up on the White House grounds within sight of the Oval Office." The wooden swing set is made by a South Dakota company. The girls were so excited they played on it for almost an hour in the chilly weather.

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Guest over 6 years ago

Nice place

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Sindy over 7 years ago

Great pict! The White House is setting a nice example of recycling and being Eco-friendly. The rubber mulch used in the playground was supplied by Rubberecycle. I think playgrounds shouldn't be allowed to be open if they don't have a rubber surface. It really saves lives.

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Guest over 7 years ago

actually GameTime funded the rubber surfacing for this!

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Sindy over 7 years ago

If I remember correctly, it was Rubberecycle, Check this out -->> http://www.ctngreen.com/news/2009/04/first-ever-white-house-playground-uses-recycled-playsafer-rubber-mulch-and-rubber-curbs-from-rubberecycle-as-seen-on-60-minutes/

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Guest over 7 years ago

Found the following blog post on Google Playsafer Rubber Mulch in the White House Playsafer Rubber Mulch in the White House When a simple household product is used by someone of great influence or who is under public scrutiny, the item in question suddenly becomes well known. This is where the idea of celebrity endorsement comes from. Sometimes a product may receive endorsement simply through the free choice of the celebrity using it, without the company paying for advertisement. This is the case with rubber mulch. When Barack and Michelle Obama moved into the White House, as with all Presidents and First Ladies, they put their personal touch on the residence. In their case, this included a White House vegetable garden and playground, among other amenities. After being contacted by the National Recreation and Park Association, they chose to put Playsafer playground flooring into Sasha and Malia’s playground. There is almost no greater endorsement than being used by the Obamas, and this resulted in a big boom in the rubber mulch industry. Why did they do it? The Obamas are advocates of the Green Revolution and making this world a safer place for our children. Rubber mulch is made out of recycled tires, offering a perfect solution for tires that otherwise take up space in landfills. There are many benefits to rubber mulch, one of which is its added playground safety. Unlike wood chips that have been used in the past, mulch has an added measure of shock absorbency, helping to prevent numerous injuries in children. Other benefits are its cost effectiveness and low maintenance, and customized colors, but safety of the environment and our children comes first. The Obamas have shown that by choosing to use rubber mulch in the White House playground. Naysayers argue that the mulch covers the ground, allowing it no oxygen, and that there is the potential for chemicals to leach out of the rubber tires. However, studies have proven otherwise, and the Obamas have embraced this new solution to wood chips that lead to deforestation. They chose Playsafer rubber mulch above other manufacturers for their excellent service, low prices, and high tech methods of producing rubber mulch. For city and personal playgrounds, Playsafer rubber mulch is now the way to go. If it’s good enough for the President of the United States, it should be good enough for you. http://playgroundblog.com/playsafer-rubber-mulch-in-the-white-house/

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Guest about 8 years ago

I don't get it -- this is a private playground, not open to the public! How could it get 4 stars? How could it be a "great playground"? Why is it on this list?

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Jason Cooper almost 8 years ago

We are striving to map all playgrounds, public and private, bad and good. As for the ratings, it's looks pretty good from the pictures.

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Arielle over 7 years ago

If we are using this website to locate playspaces for our children, how does getting private one in our search results help? I don't see any way to filter private playspaces, so in search results, the majority of what I get is school and daycare playgrounds. Is there no way around this? Playspaces that are private should at least be noted as such at the top of the listing where it is easy to locate.

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Guest almost 7 years ago

Yeah, no kidding! I'm trying to find a place for my daughter to play. I could care less about the private playground in Whitehouse that they'll never get to play on.

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Peyton Hutchins almost 9 years ago

I had a chance to visit the White House for the garden tour and was able to see Malia's and Sasha's new playground! It was really neat and it looks like it would be a lot of fun to play on!

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Guest over 7 years ago

Found article in regards of the White House Playground at CTN Green with Video of President Obama in the Playground with 60 minute CBS anchor. See video at http://bit.ly/rFAGv New playground surface used at the White House playground, chosen for its safety and environmental factors. Rubberecycle.com honored to be part of keeping the first family safe. When the white house recently had a playground installed, they chose recycled Playsafer Rubber Mulch and Rubber Curbs from Rubberecycle.com of Lakewood New Jersey in lieu of the many other options. “Like many first families, the Obama’s have added their personal touch to the White House. From the vegetable garden to the new playground, they have been very conscientious and involved in these decisions. They chose Rubberecycle’s Rubber Mulch and Rubber Curbs for their new playground both for safety and for its ‘Green’ attributes,” said Keith Sacks, Rubberecycle’s Vice President. He adds, We were told Sasha and Malia love their new playground, and we’re honored to be a part of keeping them and millions of other children safe, while promoting a renewable resource. See Video: Barbara Tulipane, and Rich Dolesh of The National Recreation and Park Association, in conjunction with Tom Norquist of Game Time contacted the White House to emphasize playground safety who then contacted Rubberecycle. “Playsafer Rubber Mulch absorbs more shock impact than any other playground surface material. This is particularly important because more than 550,000 kids end up in the emergency room every year with serious playground injuries. Playsafer Rubber Mulch prevents broken bones and other problems that you get with other safety surfaces,” said Sacks. The playground surface is the safest product on the market today. This playground surface was made from 1,400 used tires which make it environmentally friendly. It’s a popular safety surface for schools, municipalities, and daycare centers. To see pictures of the White House playground with the Playsafer Rubber Mulch, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubbermulch. Rubberecycle introduced top quality rubber surfacing products to the commercial, residential and military markets in 1998. Their playground mulch conforms to all CPSC, ASTM, and IPEMA (The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association) safety guidelines and is ADA approved. The pioneer in the tire recycling industry, Rubberecycle utilizes the most advanced technology and equipment to recycle tires on site. The resulting playground surfacing is low maintenance, safe for children and comes with a lifetime warranty and is a fantastic “Green Solution” for the safety of our children. http://bit.ly/rFAGv

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