Getting Started

 
 
 

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PlaygroundEquipment.com wants you to be successful in creating a realistic budget for your playground purchase that includes the five most common categories of expenses: Equipment, Installation, Surfacing, Basic Ground Preparation, Delivery.

Playground Budget

Allocation

Approximate Budget Allocation Percentages. 

Any of the items below (aside from the equipment itself) that are not required can be added to your equipment budget.

Playground Equipment

Approximately 60% of your budget if all other services are required.

Installation

Approximately 18% of your budget.

Surfacing

Approximately 7% of your budget.

Basic Ground Preparation, Landscaping, and other

Approximately 7% of your budget.

Delivery

Approximately 8% of your budget.

Concepts for

Playground Planners

By landing on this page, you have already begun your journey to the ideal playground or outdoor space. We can provide you with everything you will need from shades to swings, we have it all. It might seem intimidating to get started on building your playground, but it is much simpler than you may think. We’ll take you through the steps and by the end, you’ll feel ready to place your order!

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1. Budget

How much money that is available to you can be an initial determining factor in whatever you are doing. On average, a playground costs about $8,000.

If you’re just looking for a few pieces and not a large structure, it can be much less. The Playground Budget Allocation section above shows the typical break-down of playground costs. 

2. Community

Children of different ages need to have separate areas to play as they all have different ability levels. This allows for each group to be sufficiently challenged and to be able to push themselves in a safe area. You should also be aware of children with disabilities and the accomodations they may need.

3. Space

Minimum amount of space needed is 22’ x 22’ like the Rochester playground.

For a full playground experience, a 50’ x 50’ space is ideal.

Schools and other high traffic areas might need several structures and freestanding events.

4. Timeline

When a project is expected to be finished, can greatly affect the amount of budget available for your actual equipment. Whenever there is a rush put on a project, it increases the cost.

On average installation can take 9 or more months to complete.

Custom structures with installations can take up to a year.

DIY Installation and Quick-Ship Structure is the fastest at within a month.

5. Equipment

Choosing what type of equipment can go into your playground is one of the most exciting parts, but one of the areas you will have to do the most in-depth research. Scroll over the different playground equipment images to get valuable information on the most common and beloved playground equipment.

6. Installation

Choosing what type of equipment can go into your playground is one of the most exciting parts, but one of the areas you will have to do the most in-depth research. Scroll over the different playground equipment images to get valuable information on the most common and beloved playground equipment.

SEE OUR PLAYGROUND INSTALLATION GUIDE

7. Shipping

Purchases ship differently depending on the size, weight, and contents. Check out our video on Shipping & Delivery for more information!

SEE OUR PLAYGROUND DELIVERY GUIDE

8. Maintenance

The use of regular inspections and a proper maintenance schedule can help extend the life of your playground: keeping it safe and looking great for years to come!

SEE OUR PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE GUIDE

Questions

& Vocabulary

Questions you may have for us

1.) How expensive is a playground?: The price can vary based on the size of the space, type of equipment used, materials used to make the equipment, and safety surfacing.

2.) How do I know which one to buy?: Playgrounds are bought for lots of reasons. The right one for you will address the needs in your specific community including ages of chil-dren and special needs.

3.) How long does it take from purchase to complete installation?:Depending on several factors it can take 2 months to a year. On average, a custom structure will take roughly 9 months if you are having it installed.

4.) How much maintenance does it require?: Playgrounds require weekly, monthly, and annual maintenance. The maintenance can be reduced by selecting lower maintenance safety surfacing.

5.) Are there any codes that I need to comply with?: The ASTM codes set the rules for playground equipment for children between the ages of 2 – 12. The CPSC has suggested guidelines for children between the ages of 6 – 24 months.

Vocabulary you should know

1.) Safety Zone: the area that is needed around a piece of play equip-ment to provide space for falls.

2.) Fall Height: the highest playable surface on a structure.

3.) Safety Surfacing: the surface used beneath a piece of equipment to cushion a fall.

4.) Event: one activity on a larger structure or a single free-standing structure.

5.) CPSI: Certified Playground Safety Inspector, a person who has been certified to check safety. They should do annual inspections of your playground.

6.) Age Separation: Creating different areas for different age groups to allow for a safer play experience.

7.) IPEMA: International Play Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, a group that tests and certifies playground equipment for safety.