OCEAN PINES — Roy Foreman of the Ocean Pines Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee presented an update on that body’s goings on to the Ocean Pines Board of Directors this week.
Foreman told the directors that the committee was considering changing the flooring in the Assateague Room of the community center from carpet to a more cleaning-friendly substance. He said that hard-surface flooring would likely be preferable since the room is so often used for food service. The carpet in the room as already been replaced once and the current one shows stains but not much other signs of wear.
“Any room that’s going to be used as a food surface area shouldn’t have carpet,” said Boardmember Bill Wentworth in response to the suggestion.
Forman told the Directors that the Committee would narrow the choices and make a presentation to the Board as the time to make a decision neared.
He also told them that the Committee was considering the possibility of changing the mulch at the various playgrounds around Ocean Pines. After a recent presentation from a playground development expert, the Committee began looking into the safety aspects of the wooden mulch and will consider changing to another form — possible composite or rubber — as the mulch at the various parks requires replacement.
Before beginning the process, he said, the Committee will get a better idea of how and how much each playground is used to it can present a need study that takes both deterioration and use into consideration.
There are new guidelines for child safety that will come into play should the decision be made to switch mulch. In fact, any replacement at this time would come under newer safety guidelines.