When designing an amenity space for your residents here in Southern California, it’s important to incorporate aspects for people of all different ages to enjoy. This entails both the age appropriate nature of the commercial playground equipment as well as considering the parents supervising the children. Here are a few key things to consider as you begin planning out how to furnish your amenity space:
Playgrounds are created under three designations, 2-5, 5-12 and 2-12 age groups. The specific components on each structure, along with the deck heights determine what age group the structure falls under. These age-appropriate designs help reduce the risk of injury, as children are playing on equipment that fits their physical abilities.
More information on age-appropriate aspects of playground components can be found in the Public Playground Safety Handbook on CPSC’s website.
We always ask our property management customers what the common ages are of the children at their property? This is typically a good starting point to cater the most to the needs of the specific community. Is this a property with a lot of younger families and young kids? Or are there a lot of older children in the 5-12 age group? We recommend starting a playground design with this information in mind.
Once a target age group is found, we recommend adding a structure that incorporates a lot of play elements for this age group. For example, if the target age group is children ages 5-12, we would recommend a larger 5-12 structure with more climbing components. If the budget allows for two structures, it’s great to add both a 5-12 age group structure along with 2-5 age group structure to fit the needs of all ages. However, if the budget is tight, we recommend incorporating a 2-12 structure that allows kids of all ages to play together on one structure.
In the sunny region of Southern California, it’s critical to add shade components to your amenity space to keep both the playground as well as the sitting areas protected from harmful UV rays and to keep everyone cool. When looking at your space, examine the tree coverage, if any, and what areas are exposed to the most sun. Keeping this in mind in the planning stages can help reduce the need for more shade components down the line.
We are lucky to partner with Superior Recreation, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial shade structures in the US. This allows us to provide our customers with industry leading shade equipment that can also be incorporated into our playground structures as well as freestanding equipment.
The best way to keep a playground area shaded is to add a square or rectangular hip shade structure to go over the entire commercial playground structure. This provides ample shade and ensures the whole structure is covered. For a more budget-friendly option, we also incorporate our fabric shades into our play structures and have a variety of sizes we can incorporate.
A unique product we are able to offer is our swings with shade toppers incorporated into them, here is a picture of one at a community:
Nobody likes to play on commercial playground equipment that is piping hot, so always consider the sun when preparing to plan for your amenity space. Along with covering the actual playground, consider adding a hanging cantilever shade or similar shade structure over site furnishings for the parents. As parents are the ones making the decision on where to buy or rent, these small details go a long way.
These hanging cantilever shades are also a great addition to your pool! Having a commercial shade structure prevents the need to replace your umbrellas every few years so it saves money in the long term! Plus you never have to worry about putting them up and down each season, one less thing for the maintenance team to consider!
Visit here to learn more about the different types of shade structures we offer: https://www.zoomrecreation.com/commercial-shade-structures/
There’s a growing trend today in the US, one that involves creating comfort for our furry friends. More and more we see dog-friendly restaurants/breweries, dog parks and other amenities for our canines. It’s a fantastic development and a trend we here at Zoom Recreation hope to continue to build on!
Some things to consider when designing a dog park are the surfacing of the area, the fencing, the equipment and the furnishings. If you’ve been to a fair share of dog parks, you may have noticed that grass areas usually don’t last very long due to a variety of factors. We recommend using a doggy artificial turf specifically made to drain urine. This turf is also made to hold up on the heavy traffic these areas receive. This will keep your dog park from turning into an eyesore and will impress residents that frequent the dog park.
Another key aspect to consider is the furnishings at the dog park. We always recommend at least one doggy waste station to encourage the collection of waste, as well as a doggy water fountain to help keep hydrated. We can’t stress the water fountains enough, the dogs love them and it truly brings joy to see them use a water fountain like their owner.
By keeping these three items in mind as you plan out your apartment’s amenity space you will help to maximize the enjoyment your residents receive and will help keep happy residents for years to come!
If you’re looking for help in planning how different equipment might fit in your Southern California community or what to budget for commercial playground equipment or commercial shade structures feel free to reach out at 866-234-3392. We would love to assist you in the design stages!