[Tagging] Fall protection mats on playgrounds

Toggenburger Lukas Lukas.Toggenburger at fhgr.ch
Fri Mar 26 19:32:10 UTC 2021

I often map playgrounds in Switzerland and did notice that many of them (especially smaller ones near apartments) have so-called "Fallschutzmatten" (literally: "fall protection mats") as surface, especially in regions of a playground, where there is a risk of a child falling, e.g. around swings. See e.g. https://www.schutzmatten.ch/bodenbelage/fallschutzmatten-fallschutzplatten.html Their surface is a bit similar to Tartan used on racing tracks. Their purpose is obviously to protected children when falling. I think the usage of these mats on playgrounds might (in Switzerland) even be required by law.

Question: How to tag these? surface=tartan is well-established ( approx. 14k usages worldwide: https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/surface=tartan ) but probably not quite matching. What is the proper english term for them? Are there any subtypes a mapper should be aware of?

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