2022 Playground Planning Guide
We've learned a lot about building playgrounds over the last 20 years, and we've packaged all of that learning into this handy dandy guide for you.
The success of any project lies in the details. We take painstaking efforts to make sure your dream comes to life exactly as you imagined. We identify goals and objectives, outline a clear plan to achieve them and involve you every step of the way.
Let’s creatively brainstorm and prioritize the desired project outcomes. We’ll consider historical, cultural, and educational opportunities, explore accessibility and universal design, and discuss materials to minimize environmental impact.
Now is the time to determine the best site location and how to secure the property for the project. We’ll consider the number of children and adults who will use the space, how to create age-appropriate play, and any special requests. We’ll also review the project timeline and budget.
Let’s get input from key stakeholders and community
groups, including parents and children, to ensure
everyone is heard. We can help you host a design workshop or town hall meeting to brainstorm ideas and hone in on a central theme. This is the perfect time to review the project timeline, sequencing, and budget.
During the preliminary design phase, we’ll provide early sketches and drawings to help determine the style of your new play space. Now it’s time to finalize the concepts. This is also when you’ll receive a final proposal with a budget, timelines, and responsibilities assigned to all parties.
Once the final design, budget and schedule are approved, it’s time to place the order for your materials. Final engineering, including detailed component shop drawings, takes place after the order is placed. On select projects, the approval phase will include scale models or a visit to our design and manufacturing studio for approval of key details.
This is where dreams become reality, and you see how all the planning pays off. We help coordinate an expert team of site contractors, certified playground equipment installers and play specialists to prepare the site, assemble all the components, and bring the play space to life.
These 7 principles are a guiding set of principles defined by PlayCore and developed to help structure a standardized approach to building more truly inclusive play spaces.