The perfect playground isn’t just about slides and swings. Think about how your childhood playground had the ultimate climbing tree or how the ocean breeze felt when swinging around on the monkey bars. For California playgrounds, the location can matter just as much as the commercial playground equipment or jungle gym itself. When planning out the design and aspects of your upcoming playground project, have you weighed the pros and cons of its location? Today, let’s run through the points to keep in mind when choosing your playground’s location for the most exciting, practical, and memorable option.
Choosing the site for your playground is one of the most important decisions to make during the planning process. When selecting a location, think through how convenient or accessible the area is. Depending on your property, you may have many options to choose from. Evaluate these locations based on whether facilities such as restrooms are nearby. Also, keep in mind how ADA-accessible the site is—notice factors such as whether the area will require stairs to get to it.
The size of your playground site is a significant detail to take into account. To know how much space you’ll need, you will need to understand your audience and your community. For example, a community park may need to accommodate kids and their families. In this situation, you may have to include outdoor fitness equipment, a dog park, or other recreational areas along with the playground into your plan. For a church or a neighborhood, you may need a nearby pavilion for group meetings or get-togethers. Also, in knowing your audience, have a clear understanding of what capacity you may need for the play area.
Sun safety is an often overlooked part of planning a project with commercial playground equipment, especially in sunny California. When deciding on what site to choose, entertain locations that have natural shade from trees or nearby buildings that may cast a shadow during certain times of the day. These elements may not cover the area completely, but they can help in keeping kids and parkgoers protected from the bright West Coast sun. Shade can always be installed along with your playground equipment. Many functional, durable, and affordable shade structures are available. Shade structures not only maintain the look and feel of your play area, but they can also enhance it—not to mention make it safer for the kiddos playing.
The final quality of a location to factor into your decision is its surroundings. Is there a nearby road? If so, you may need to install a fence or reconsider the location. Is your site near the ocean? That may require installing rest-resistant play structures. Don’t worry: These details aren’t deal-breakers, but they will require some planning. Every property is unique, and there’s nothing the experienced and imaginative minds at Zoom Recreation can’t fix. We’ll make the process easy for you!
Need help narrowing down your decision? The helpful team at Zoom Recreation is here for you. If you have any questions about planning your playground, we are ready to take your call and talk through your needs. Give us a call at 866-234-3392 or get in touch with us by filling out our contact form.
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