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The perfect playground invites children and adults to head outside to soak up the sunshine and enjoy some fun physical activities. When you know that the playground you design must be the best in the area, it is good to take your time with the planning to make sure that everything is in place for everyone to enjoy the space. Whether you are planning a park for a church or an entire metropolitan area, you can use these five steps to make sure that your design is a success.

Develop a Vision

The first thing that you need to do is decide what the playground must have to satisfy the needs of the community. Depending upon the size and scope of your project, you may want to set up a planning committee that is comprised of several different people who can all provide their input. For instance, you may want to include residents with kids on your committee along with the city leaders to provide varying views regarding what is best to include in the design of a public park.

Analyze the Play Space

Once you have done some brainstorming, your next step is to make sure that your ideas fit the actual site that is designated for the playground. For instance, you need to make sure that you can set up the inclusive playground equipment a safe distance from the street. You may also need to check the general slope and path access to ensure that you can set the play area up to be accessible to everyone.

Check Out the Budget

Your playground also needs to fit into the budget. Since safe playground equipment is a necessity, you never want to skimp on a purchase. Yet, you also want to get the most you can for your money. Fortunately, there are grants and awards available through several different types of organizations that can help you fund your playground design. Some communities also hold fundraisers or put a certain amount of their proceeds towards building a playground that improves the lifestyles of all the people who visit the area.

Select the Equipment

Now that you’ve got the basics out of the way, the real fun begins. You can begin to decide things such as whether or not you want to create a theme for the playground. For instance, a dinosaur-themed play structure could get kids excited enough to stop at your public park. You may also need to include things such as sports bleachers for a major sporting complex or shaded areas where people can cool off on a hot day.

Install and Create a Maintenance Plan

The final step for the perfect playground is to arrange for the installation of the equipment. You need to know that the equipment is professionally installed so that every bolt and screw is held together safely. Then, set up a maintenance plan that keeps things in working order. Quality playground equipment should still have regular checks to make sure that it fits the proper safety standards so that every child and parent can enjoy the freedom of playing in a place designed specifically for their enjoyment.

The process of planning a perfect playground takes time and careful consideration of the needs of everyone who will enjoy the space. Now that you are ready to get started, go out and begin developing your vision of the ideal playground so that you can watch it take shape in your designated play space.

Posted by Matt Miller

Playground designs can range from simple, single structures to massive play areas with multiple pieces of equipment that invite people of all ages to play. Naturally, you’ve got a budget to work with, and you likely have quite a few eyes watching to see how you come up with a playground that brings so much joy to others as a return on the investment. Since the playground you create should be in place for many years, you want to use these ideas to make sure that you maximize its value.

Start With a Centerpiece

In the beginning of playground planning, you can easily get overwhelmed by how many options are available. Right now, you may be wondering how many pieces of freestanding park equipment you should add or if you need more shade structures. For the moment, put those questions aside and select the main play structure. These are often the largest piece of equipment on the playground that catches everyone’s eyes. Since multiple kids can play on these structures at a time, you can even start a park with just this one main centerpiece. Depending upon your budget, you can then add on matching features such as swing sets that round out the whole design.

Look for Budget Friendly Structures

Designing a playground for a church, school or charitable organization often means having to work with a committee to demonstrate proper use of funds. You may even have donors watching to see how you set up the playground to determine how they manage future donations. Budget friendly playground structures are an option that you can use to set up a fully functional play area within a short period of time. These structures also come in a variety of sizes and configurations that allow you to maximize the usable space for the playground. Being able to fit a slide, rock climbing wall and musical drums into a small space makes you look like such a pro at playground design that you’ll see the value rise when you receive funding for new equipment to expand the play space.

Focus on the Wow Factor

Every playground needs a major focal point that brings it to life. Themed playgrounds increase value by creating a memorable experience that allows kids to temporarily step out of real life and into a fantasy. You can also capitalize on the rising popularity of parents preferring to give their children safe risks like they had on playgrounds back when they were young. Park planners today are putting swing sets, see saws and net climbers back into playgrounds. With the new standards for safety that are placed on our playground equipment, you can keep visitors safe while giving them the illusion of a thrill that makes the play area a valuable part of the community amenities.

Playground designers are always available to help you figure out which key pieces will bring out the most value on your investment in a new playground. Our equipment is high quality and manufactured with longevity in mind so that you can further increase its value by preserving the material for many years.

Posted by Matt Miller

The summer is the best time to head outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. While you can always find something to do at your neighborhood playground, it is fun to come up with some new ways to keep your friends and family engaged. These outdoor activities are perfect for summer, and they are guaranteed to make everyone want to join the fun.

Play Captain of the Ship

This classic game is played in much the same way as Simon Says. However, the game takes a twist by having everyone pretend like they are on one big ship. Start by choosing a person who is in charge of calling out orders. They can then instruct the group to do different things such as gather on the top deck of the play structure. It’s also fun to throw in some ship terms such as running starboard, which is to the right. If anyone does an action without hearing “Captain Says,” then they have to pretend like they are chasing after a shark until the next round.

Enjoy a Game of Pretend

Themed playgrounds provide the perfect place to let your kids’ imaginations run wild. Take a cue from the playground structure, and encourage the kids to pretend to be princesses or cavemen living in a fantasy paradise. You can make this even more enjoyable for older kids by having them put together a skit that they can perform in front of their parents.

Start a Baseball Game

Baseball has many benefits for both adults and kids, and outdoor sporting areas make it easy to put together a game. If your playground has sports bleachers, then all you need is to set up a few bases to get a game going. Consider putting together a team of mixed ages that allows both younger kids and adults to play together. Alternatively, you can set up an at-ball stand that lets the littlest ones at the playground try their hand at competing on an outdoor sports field.

Get the Little Ones Involved With Freeze Tag

Everyone enjoys a game of tag, and you can turn this into a fun way to cool off on a hot summer day. Add a twist to the game by appointing a few of the players as being in charge of melting anyone who is frozen. Instead of touching their teammates, they can squirt them with a water shooter to unfreeze them.

Go On a Scavenger Hunt

Playground scavenger hunts are another fun game that you can put together with only a little preparation. For younger kids, make a picture list of items that they can find. Swings, spinners, and other common playground equipment are easy items to add. Older kids can use their cameras to capture the items that they find. You can even hide some uncommon items beneath slides and other features to increase the challenge of this exciting activity.

The best outdoor activities are easy to put together, and they should always be inclusive enough that everyone can join in on the action. With these fun games in mind, you’ll quickly put together a few new things to do at the park that your friends and family will want to play again and again.

Posted by Matt Miller

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