One thing you will notice about apparatus like a swimming pool is that it doesnít sit above ground level. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, but the majority of swimming pools and sunk into the ground. This is for a number of reasons, but two important ones are:
1. It clears the view and reduces visual clutter
2. Itís safe to get out onto solid ground with wet slippery feet than to have to negotiate a wall and/or steps
Trampolines are more likely to be above ground, but thereís no real reason why they should be. It is certainly easier to build a trampoline and simply place it on a flat surface, but there are a few safety factors that are improved by sinking it.
On the surface, a trampoline can tip over if too much weight is on one side. This wonít happen when it is sunk into the ground. Tipping over isnít too much of a problem though ñ the big problem is what happens to the trampoline users if it DOES tip.
The trampoline users will fall to the ground, which will be a drop of 3 feet or more. The inertia from that kind of fall can easily break bones, cause cuts, or large bruises. If the trampoline is used without a safety barrier around it, these same kinds of injury can occur without the trampoline moving ñ all it takes is one mis-timed bounce and the user will fly over the edge and land on the ground.
Sinking your trampoline into the ground will limit the distance anyone can fall. There may still be accidents, as people can easily fall from trampolines, but with the distance to the ground reduced, the safety level will be increased.
The safety can be further increased by adapting the ground around the trampoline and installing a soft landing area as you might see in a public play area.
Trampolines are great fun for children and adults alike, and can also provide an enjoyable way of getting some exercise. Making sure your trampoline is safe for everyone to use will give you great peace of mind, so burying your trampoline in the ground of your backyard is a great way to ensure everyone stays fit and healthy.