4 Playground Designs We Wish We Had When We Were Little
A playground is ideal for children to exercise, have fun, and develop different physical, social, and motor skills. In a well-designed playground, children will have access to all kinds of playground equipment that caters to different abilities and interests and any park or playground amenities needed to have a safe, relaxing environment.
If you’re starting on your playground design or simply curious, keep reading to learn how a playground architect can help you provide the best experience possible.
A playground architect is a skilled professional who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of a playground to ensure it’s safe and accessible for everyone who may use it in your community. Safety is their number one priority, and they’ll ensure your playground design meets all safety regulations, including any ordinances from your city or town. They also won’t sacrifice style and aesthetics!
Additionally, they’ll also make sure your design has everyone’s best interests in mind — from parents who may need a place to sit and watch their kids to children of different abilities requiring inclusive equipment to engage with their peers.
Quality playground architects and designers will have several years of experience in the industry, work with certified installation crews, collaborate with playground equipment manufacturers, and offer complimentary design services, including 3D renderings and video animations. They’re knowledgeable in the best space for a playground, surfacing, adding clearance around equipment, finding safe equipment that’s appropriate for all ages and abilities, choosing amenities that are not playground equipment, and making sure it all works together seamlessly.
Let’s backtrack a bit, though. The renderings and animations are where your playground design comes to life and where a lot of a playground architect’s work takes place. After working with your architect to understand your space, budget, and funding and determining which type of surfacing, equipment, and amenities are best suited for your vision, they will provide you with tangible designs to help you visualize the project.
At MRC, we use programs like CAD, SketchUp, and Lumion, so you can know what to expect before installation. Our playground architects craft renderings and animations of your dream playground. Visual renderings and animated video walkthroughs will show you what your playground will look like and can often aid in the fundraising process by giving people an impressive look at your project.
Embarking on a playground design project can be overwhelming. It requires a lot of planning and specialized knowledge in many different areas, from location and equipment to surfacing and everything in between.
Doing your homework is an excellent first step in picking your playground specialist or architect. Check out their company’s website or LinkedIn to discover any completed projects and how long they’ve worked on playground designs. Many designers, like ours, will have galleries of playgrounds on their sites. Click through the pictures to see how they made someone else’s vision a reality. If possible, go to the playground in person and see how the community interacts with it. If you’d like any other tips for picking your playground specialist or want to chat with one of our experts, reach out today!