Proper planning is key to your playground’s success. Learn more about the factors to consider as you begin the process.
Step 1 – Fund Your Project
Here are some ways to pay for your project:
- Financing (contact us for an application)
- General or Capital Funds
Step 2 – Understanding Zones
Use zones are defined by the CPSC as the surface under and around a piece of equipment which a child falling or exiting from the equipment would be expected to land. For easy planning, the use zone dimensions are shown on applicable products.
Step 3 – Choose the Right Equipment
Here are a couple questions you should ask yourself as you choose your playground equipment:
- What age(s) of children will use your equipment? This will help determine the size of the structure(s) you choose, as well as the variety of events to accommodate those ages.
- What type of construction will you choose? Structures made of steel, vs. aluminum or plastic, all offer different benefits and price points.
- Does your location offer natural shade, or will you need to create shaded areas with a structure roof and/or canopies?
Step 4 – Choose Surfacing & Amenities
Playground surfaces fall into two main categories:
- Loose-fill materials – wood fiber, rubber mulch, wood mulch, sand, and pea gravel
- Unitary synthetic materials – interlocking tile, synthetic grass turf, and pour-in-place surfacing
Site Amenities provide your play area with long-lasting, user-friendly furnishings. Don’t forget to include, picnic tables, benches, and trash receptacles.
Step 5 – Shipping & Delivery
How accessible is the site? Can large equipment and/or machinery get into the area if necessary? (Typically a 10′-14′ wide access point is needed during installation) Playground equipment is heavy, so based on shipping options and how the equipment will get to the site location, a freight quote should be requested at the time of purchase.
Step 6 – Installation
There are 3 options for installation:
- In-ground is the choice for permanence and durability. Posts must be set in the ground with a concrete footing.
- Surface mount uses bolts or anchors to attach the system onto a concrete surface
- On-ground uses spikes to anchor to the ground. Easy to install. no digging required.