We Care About the Play and the Grounds

At SafetyFirst Playground Maintenance, we are dedicated to making playgrounds just as enjoyable for the owner as they are for the children. We are your long-term playground partner that cares as much about your small fixes as your large installs.

SafetyFirst Is a Family-Owned and Operated, Full-Service Playground Maintenance Company

SafetyFirst Playground Maintenance was founded in 2008 with the intention to elevate the world of playgrounds. Located in Princeton, Minnesota, SafetyFirst services playgrounds across the Midwest by providing excellent customer service and innovative services and products. SafetyFirst continues to advance playgrounds, for example, we reinvented playground surfaces with the development of Nature’sPlus engineered wood fiber. Our playground maintenance and installation services are supported by our dedicated team of experts lead by Marissa Bauer.


Ensure your school’s playground equipment and surfacing follow playground safety guidelines for a fun and safe learning environment. Learn how SafetyFirst can improve your school’s playground for both students and the custodial team.

Parks &

Build or expand your playground with quality playground safety products through a dependable partner. Learn more about how SafetyFirst can equip your park’s playground with leading playground flooring and equipment.

Architects &

Plan your playground project using SafetyFirst’s expertise, from the initial design to the installation process, to ensure a predictable and exceptional result. Learn how SafetyFirst can help your project be accurately budgeted and planned.

Nurseries & Landscapers

Become a reseller of SafetyFirst’s exclusive engineered wood fiber surfacing, Nature’sPlus. Learn how Nature’sPlus, a locally sourced and naturally mold and decay-resistant surfacing material, can improve your landscaping options.

Playground Maintenance & Repairs

Our playground maintenance services ensure your playground follows safety guidelines to protect the children and safeguard your liability

Annual Surface Maintenance

We provide an annual evaluation of your playground surfacing and equipment to guarantee it adheres to safety standards and upholds its aesthetic value

Surface Renewal

Remove the hazard and restore the appearance of your playground by discarding your decaying playground flooring with Nature’sPlus EWF surfacing

Playground Relocation

We offer the unique option for relocating playground equipment that saves you money while preserving its sentiment to the community and children

ADA Access

We can upgrade your existing playground or jumpstart your design plans with ADA compliant playground surfaces and equipment for inclusive access

Playground Expansions

Our expansion playground services boost the fun and functionality of your playground with extended playground space, events, and inclusive designs

Outdoor Classrooms

Personalize your natural learning environment with our on-site tree to classroom equipment conversion and our all-natural outdoor classroom surfacing

In-Ground Containment Areas

Our low-maintenance in-ground containment system is a primary step in our playground services to support long-term appearance and safety

Playground Consulting

Our expert playground knowledge allows us to provide detailed project and problemspecific consultation for budget and planning precise advisement

Rubber Crumb Removal

Playground rubber mulch can be harmful to children, that’s why we offer playground crumb removal and Nature’sPlus engineered wood fiber replacement

 How We Are Different

We have reimagined and improved countless playgrounds across the midwest relying on our industry experience and knowledge to evaluate and install the best solution for each specific situation. We offer much more than simple answers, we offer quality, loyalty, and safety in every conversation, service, and product we provide.

With a renewed emphasis on physical activity, SafetyFirst’s main priority is to keep your children safe and to eliminate the risk of injury on playgrounds. From our child safe playground surfaces to our playground safety mats, we offer a full range of services to develop, implement, and audit your playground safety program.

What People Are Saying About Us

I have been using SafetyFirst surfacing material in my district’s playgrounds for several years now. We have been very impressed with the quality and impact attenuation of this product. I would highly recommend it for any organization looking for a quality, long lasting product for their playground surfacing needs.

Facilities and Safety Coordinator
Eden Prairie Schools, ISD 272

In my nearly 30 years of facility management, SafetyFirst is the finest playground service company I have worked with, Bob Clarin, president of SafetyFirst was always available and was on site daily. From the simplest repair, a missing bolt to a complete rebuild including drainage and play structure relocation, SafetyFirst completed the work well and on time.

Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds
Roseville Schools, ISD 623

I would like to express my satisfaction with the wood chips and mats that we have purchased from SafetyFirst. The chips bind together well to make a nice playground surface with the fall protection we need. Bob has always had the materials delivered on a timely basis and is very pleasant to work with. I am sure we will be doing more business Bob and SafetyFirst in the future.

Parks and Forestry Superintendent
City of Brookings, SD