For commercial use – It is important that you know a few things about yourneeds before we get started. It is a buyer’s market so there are manydifferent options when looking for a new playground. First, you must have anidea of the age group that the playground must be tailored to. Standard agegroups are 2-7, 2-12, 2-5, 5-12, and 8-up. Next you must decide on the areawhere your playground will occupy – what are the dimensions of the space?. Andfinally, what is your budget for your playground project?. Keep in mind thatyou will have installation and playground safety surfacing as an expense bythe time your project is complete.
So on to the fun part – deciding on a design. There are many different pre-designed units that are available to manufacture but more than 80% of peoplechoose to customize their playground. You can start with a simple idea thatfills the limits of your project area-then add a slide here and a climberthere, and the next thing you know, you’ve created everything that you couldask for in a playground.
It is also important to note that the size of the playground needs toaccommodate the number of children that are expected to be playing on it atany given time. You will find that a newer playground-with a good design-willattract a lot of attention, and it would be a shame to have overcrowding on astructure that is likely to become a safety hazard. Overall, you will want tomake sure that the playground equipment has at least the basics (climbers,slides etc.). If you have no idea where to start you might also find ituseful to ask the kids what they would like. Have them all create drawings oftheir “dream playground,” then you’ll know that the final design you chooseis based off the ideas of what the children want. After all, the children arethe ones that will be using the playground equipment the most – hopefully.
Once you have decided on a design for the playground equipment you will wantto make sure that you get an estimate which includes the cost, freight, taxand installation (if needed). The idea is to get all of your possibleexpenses laid out on paper so you will know the amount of funds you’ll needto buy the structure and have it installed. It is best not to do this inreverse, which would be to get the funds first and then pinch pennies tospend no more or no less than the budget provides. In some cases this isunavoidable but with enough planning, you can arrange to raise the money thatyou may not have to buy the playground that your community needs. Playgroundsare very expensive but when everything is complete you will create anenvironment for children where they will have happy memories which willcontribute to their well-being now and later in life.
Austin Stanfel. Creative Recreational Systems, Inc.
3039 kilgor rd. suite 130Rancho Cordova, CA 956701 – (877) PLAYSYSTEMShttp://www.creativesystems.com.