Simplify the playground planning process by taking advantage of the summer months when students aren’t in session.
The beginning of the year is the ideal time to start planning any playground installations or renovations. Budget approvals likely have been made. Next steps include figuring out what items are needed and implementing the installation.
By starting the playground planning process early, you have time to research and find the right playground equipment vendor and installation company. The playground company can have a great impact on your overall planning and installation experience. Check to see how many years the company has been in business, whether team members are Certified Playground Safety Inspectors and how many installations they have completed before making your selection.
An additional point to keep in mind is that safety considerations may require additional maintenance as well. For example, if a loose material playground flooring, like rubber playground mulch, has been displaced, you will need to order additional materials and fill them to the required depth to comply with ASTM and CPSC standards for playground safety. When investing in new playground equipment, it is important to conduct a safety inspection of existing equipment prior to any new installation. That way, you can take care of any routine maintenance or reparations at the same time as the installation, often, with the same company.
When choosing installation dates, you may want to consider selecting a time when students won’t be on campus. Playground installations require the use of heavy machinery. Playground construction sites are noisy and can be a major distraction to students in the classroom. In addition, play areas under construction are inaccessible to students. With a summer installation, schools greatly simplify the process, eliminating many of the potential challenges that come with installing during the school year.
At Pro Playgrounds, we are licensed General Contractors and NPSI Certified Playground Safety Inspectors. We have successfully completed over 100 projects. Not sure where to start? Our services include playground and recreational design and consulting for all your playground planning needs. Contact us today!