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Tot lot hunting will soon be a thing of the past, like video stores...if....
Posted by: Ivan
Date: September 04, 2017 10:08PM
this catches on!! I went to four tot lots for my end of summer clean up and guess what.......................no sand...... no wood chips ......no gravel!! They are putting in a soft foam carpet-like mat in all of the tot lots in our area. Not good for us at all. Anyone else seeing this coming to a tot lot near you? Used to find lots of jewelry and coin ...that will all be history now.......too bad. Only hope we have if if they find out after exposure to sunlight it is toxic.............one guy told me this happened in Florida. Anyone hear of this? Oh well I've had a good run.................. started detecting in 1974............I thought detectors would have been banned by now! Sounds like something the E.U. would do. Any feedback on this new development??

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Re: Tot lot hunting will soon be a thing of the past, like video stores...if....
Posted by: REVIER
Date: September 05, 2017 02:29AM
Most tot lots around me have this rubber matting stuff now, when I come across one that doesn't that is more of the exception...not the rule.
Sorry, it's just a new world now.



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Re: Tot lot hunting will soon be a thing of the past, like video stores...if....
Posted by: Dancer
Date: September 05, 2017 03:41AM
Yeah matting or shredded tires. We're getting squeezed.

Re: Tot lot hunting will soon be a thing of the past, like video stores...if....
Posted by: MI-AuAg
Date: September 05, 2017 10:51AM
As a detectorist, and a grandparent who takes his grandson to the playground a bunch, I guess I can appreciate both sides of the coin as it were.

Wood chips have to be replaced often, which costs $$ in terms of materials and manpower. Municipalities are gonna go with options that are safe for the kids, yet, require less maintenance. Good for the kids, not so good for us detectorist's.

With each passing year, it is more difficult to find good locations to hunt, it's an unfortunate reality of our hobby.

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