How to get from Point A to Point PlayNot sure where to start your playground journey? Have no fear. Download the complete guide now or review the five essential beginning steps below.
Step 1: Define Your Project's Objectives
There are a gazillion ways to play and even more ways to build a playground. Establishing clear objectives for your project upfront will ensure you make the best decisions down the road. Here are some questions to consider as you outline your project goals:
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Step 2: Choose a Professional Partner
Find a playground consultant who you can trust with every aspect of the playground building process.
We've hand selected a global network of consultants to provide you with personalized service. They are local to your area and will assist in every phase of your project. Backed by the entire Playworld Systems team, your local representative will work with you one-on-one to plan, design, and build the perfect playground for your unique school or community. They offer many free services including:
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Step 3: Evaluate Your Resources
How will you make your playground come to fruition? There are four types of critical resources that go into successful playspace planning.
Reach out to local residents, organizations, and professionals who can lend their diverse expertise to different facets of your project. Then organize them into committees around skill sets. Committees can help with fundraising, design, maintenance, and more.
Set a timeline that works from the grand opening date backwards, with smaller milestone deadlines—such as design finalization, site preparation, and equipment delivery—built in between.
Select a site that has ample space for the play equipment and all of the amenities, like pavilions, parking and restrooms. The space should be relatively flat, have adequate drainage, and be large enough to accommodate both active and quiet play areas.
Realistically account for all your projected expenses—including equipment, installation, surfacing & amenities—then research all the different ways you can raise the necessary funds.
Need budgeting assistance?
Budgeting can be the most challenging phase of your project. Our online Budgeting section can help you make sense of it all.
Step 4: Create Your Custom Design
Your local Playworld Systems representative will work with you in person to design your very own playground. Using powerful interactive design tools that let you arrange and rearrange your layout in real time, we'll create a playground design that's just right for you. No time wasted waiting for revisions!
When your design is complete, we will provide you with all the support materials you need to lead team meetings, fundraising efforts, and community outreach presentations, including:
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Step 5: Build Your Playground
It's time to make your playground a reality. Your Playworld Systems representative will discuss various installation options with you, including:
Now is also the time to review warranty and maintenance information with your Playworld Systems representative to ensure that your investment will be a source of joy for years to come.
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