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About SafetyFirst Playground Maintenance

SafetyFirst Playground Maintenance is a family owned company founded by Bob Clarin in 2008. Since then, our operation has been providing communities with safer, more enjoyable playgrounds throughout the Midwest. SafetyFirst offers a wide range of services including developing, implementing and auditing a comprehensive playground safety program, helping you maintain a safe and beautiful playground for years to come. SafetyFirst is able to expand your existing playground, install new equipment and renew or relocated your existing equipment. SafetyFirst Playground Maintenance is a business member of the Minnesota Association of School Maintenance Supervisors and the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association

Bob Clarin

Bob Clarin, SafetyFirst President, has been active in the wood and wood fiber business for the past 17 years. Most recently installing equipment and developing recipes for wood shavings, compost pack bedding, and landscape mulch. He has worked with MN DOT and the University of Minnesota in developing various wood products. In addition, he has worked on numerous versions of engineered wood fiber (EWF) playground surfacing. He has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Bob is also a member of Minnesota Association of School Maintenance Supervisors (MASMS) and the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA). Bob Clarin is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (20266-0514).

When Bob isn’t on a playground he enjoys riding his Harley with his brother Pete and spending time with his wife Donna.

Marissa Bauer

Marissa Bauer graduated in 2011 with a degree in pharmacy. In 2012 she began attending trade shows with Bob to better learn the business of SafetyFirst. In 2016 she came on board in an official capacity working on sales and marketing. In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her husband Spencer and their two basset hounds.