Playground 101

How to build a playground in 10 easy steps.

a STEP 1
Form a steering committee
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Recruit people who are well connected in the community, have an insight into the user groups for the finished project, or have a skill set that you need to get the project completed.

 

   
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STEP 2
Make key decisions
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Establishing clear objectives for your project upfront. Questions to consider:

  • Type of playground and/or products
  • Goal of playground (community gathering place, memorial, etc.)
  • Number of users, age range, and special needs
   
a STEP 3
Listen to community feedback
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Invite the community to an open forum, listen and observe families at existing playgrounds or social media to gather information.

   
a STEP 4
Locate a site
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Take an inventory of possible playground sites. Consider space constraints, site preparation, and unique features that may be an asset.

   
a STEP 5
Consult a playground specialist
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After determining your project’s objectives, find a consultant to help develop your plan to meet your goals and request a free quote.

   
a STEP 6
Determine budget and fundraising options
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When determining budget for your entire project, be sure to consider costs beyond equipment such as shipping, installation, site preparation, and surfacing. Fundraising, sponsorships, and community builds are great ways to help keep costs down.

   
a STEP 7
Select a playground manufacturer
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When selecting an equipment manufacturer, consider the overall play value of the equipment, delivery time, quality of products and their warranties, and the reputation of the local distributor.

   
a STEP 8
Establish a timeline.

Consider site preparation, equipment delivery, and installation.

   
a STEP 9
Install the playground.

Hire a contractor to install equipment and/or to lead and delegate tasks if you plan to recruit community volunteers.

   
a STEP 10
Celebrate!

Invite your community, local officials, and media to attend your grand opening. Take pictures and celebrate your success on social media.