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Playground Planning

Play is an essential part of childhood and outdoor play areas can help children develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Effective playground planning will provide a safe, accessible space for all children in the community to play.

Consider these five steps when planning for a playground:

  • Envision the Play Area: Brainstorm the ages and abilities of the children that will use the area; the number of visitors that are expected; the color scheme; and any needed amenities such as shade and benches.
  • Analyze the Site: Consider the natural topography of your site, as well as existing amenities that could benefit the playground.
  • Design the Playground: Create a detailed budget and playground design that will meet the needs of the community.
  • Install the Playground: Consider recruiting community volunteers to not only save money, but to create a sense of pride and ownership in the new playground.
  • Enjoy and Maintain the Playground: Host a grand opening and discuss the frequency of routine maintenance checks.

For more information, please visit:

National Program for Playground Safety
Landscape Structures - Plan Your Playground