The new year is always a great opportunity for organizations to form a budget for the year. The park, schools, churches, daycares, HOAs, and other types of communities you manage may be using this time early in the year to forecast different expenses and investments that lead toward a successful future. What better way to improve your community than by upgrading your play area? However, planning for a playground can be difficult and overwhelming for one person. Playground planning involves so many options and factors to consider. Serving California and West Coast states, our professionals are here to explain what types of playground equipment to include in your upcoming play area.
When forming a budget for a new or updated play area, below are the different factors to make room for in the plan.
What kind of playground equipment will your play area need? There’s no definitive answer as each playground and community is one of a kind. Some playground equipment options include the traditional jungle gym, slides, and swing sets. That said, playgrounds offer much more these days. For example, net climbers and themed playgrounds are a huge hit with kids. Also, recess should be fun for everyone; consider planning for a playground that can be enjoyed by children of all abilities by including ADA-accessible equipment. Needless to say, when choosing playground equipment, there are a lot of options to take into consideration.
The right play area surfacing impacts of safe a playground is, its longevity, and of often it will need to be maintained. A playground professional will be able to advise the proper surfacing options for your area and needs. Your selection now may impact your budget in future years.
If picking out playground equipment is the fun part of the planning process, choosing site furnishings is the necessary part. Furnishings, such as benches and trash receptacles, make any playground a clean and family-friendly environment that the community will love spending time in. Other elements such as outdoor fitness equipment can make the area fun for all age groups, adding appeal to your park or community.
Playground planners may overlook details of the play area that make a major difference. Shade structures can turn a good playground into a great playground—no matter the season or the time of day. This help helps keep the kids safe by preventing heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses. This is one can’t-miss option for playground equipment, especially in California and other West Coast states.
A few other aspects to consider include preparing the site, factoring in shipping, and arranging the installation. This may seem like an afterthought, but these logistical details can make up a large portion of the total cost. However, they are crucial when it comes to quality. For example, proper installation is essential when it comes to safety and the longevity of the playground.
Once you have a ballpark budget established, you’ll have to take a few simple steps to get the plan into motion.
Communities come together on the playground. Likewise, it takes a community to plan the perfect play area. Find a commercial playground company with five-star reviews, a trusted reputation, and a demonstrated portfolio. A partner that understands your goals, budget, and audience can make a tremendous difference in the final results.
Of course, to best help set your budget, get a quote from a commercial playground professional. There are many aspects that make up a successful play area. Your organization has unique needs; by getting a quote, you can better understand how a new playground will impact your 2022 budget, ultimately helping your organization reach its goals.
You don’t have to take on this project alone. Our professionals will partner up alongside you from concept to installation. Any questions or issues you may run into, we’ll take care of them. Plus, serving California and West Coast states, we’ll listen to your needs and goals to plan the optimal playground for your audience all with the industry’s highest recommended playground equipment and practices. Zoom Recreation is here to guide you through the playground planning process.
If you’re ready to have a conversation about planning your playground, contact Zoom Recreation at 866-234-3392.