Lisbon, Portugal

Installation of Corkeen system in children's playground in Monsanto Forest Park Case Studies

Children's playground in Lisbon is the first Corkeen project in Portugal

The children's playground at Espaço Monsanto, in Lisbon, is the first facility in Portugal to receive Corkeen, an innovative retained fall protection system for playgrounds made of natural cork, developed, and produced by Amorim.

Located in the largest Portuguese forest park, the playground has about 90 m2 and has been completely remodeled following the award of European Green Capital 2020 to the city of Lisbon. This is the first time that a southern European capital has won this distinction.

In this context, all used materials in the playground renovation project were selected taking into account their environmental credentials.


The existing wooden fence around the playground was subject to renovation works and kept there. New equipment was also installed, whose choice took into account the sustainable origin of the wood used in its manufacture and the possibility of being able to be used by children of all ages and abilities, promoting healthy and inclusive moments of fun.

Floor-wise, the SBR rubber panels were replaced by the Corkeen system, which combines safety, accessibility, and sustainability in a single solution. Since cork is a natural insulator, it reduces the surface temperature by more than 20% compared to synthetic solutions. A particularly important feature in a city with so many sunny days, such as Lisbon.

“It is now possible to have a safe but also comfortable, permeable, low-maintenance, predominantly natural, and reusable end-of-life cushioning surface. Without forgetting that its raw material is cork, an eminently national material that we all proudly cherish, from its CO<span style="vertical-align: sub; font-size: smaller;">2</span> retention properties to the entire circular economy cycle that magnifies us as a nation.”

Vasco Costa Simões, landscape architect, Fernando L. Gaspar (Corkeen Brand Master in Portugal)

Client: Lisbon City Council

Installer: Gaspar

Year of installation: 2020

Size: 90 m2

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Client: Lisbon City Council

Installer: Gaspar

Year of installation: 2020

Size: 90 m2

Applied solution

Corkeen Play Original was installed in situ by Fernando L. Gaspar, Corkeen Brand Master for the Portuguese market. The system is applied in two layers, a shock absorbing base layer and a wear-resistant top layer.

Developed and produced by Amorim in accordance with strict safety standards (EN1176 and EN1177), the Corkeen system offers state-of-the-art technical performance and maximum safety for children, with a 5-year warranty.

Why choose the Corkeen system?

Brand Master: Gaspar

Gaspar - BM Portugal

Fernando L. Gaspar is the Corkeen Brand Master for Portugal.

Present in the market for more than half a century, the company has a deep know-how in the installation of playgrounds and recreational spaces, with a portfolio of more than 2000 projects carried out in several countries. Always keeping an eye on the evolution of public place trends, it focuses on natural and inclusive solutions that contribute to the safety and quality of life of users.


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