Playground planning starts with knowing the why, the who, the what and the how. So why do you want a playground in the first place? Who is it for? What is its main purpose? And how do you want to achieve that?
At KOMPAN designing and building playgrounds have been our mission for 50 years, and we would like to share some of our experience and knowledge to make you know what to go through. But more importantly, we are happy to take the burden off your shoulders and together make sure that you get exactly what you, your stakeholders, and your children wants. Our playground consultants are happy to design it together with you.
Overall designing a great playground take the following steps:
1: What is your budget, determines your possibilities?
2: What style and material is right for your surroundings and area?
3: Who are the users and their age-group?
4: How to cater for the way the playground is used?
5: How to create spaces for the different age groups and the different kind of play?
6. How long does it take to build a playground?
When you start planning a playground, you probably want it to WOW children to come play, you probably want them to stay long and come back again and again, and you probably want the play to develop their life-skills – physical, creative, cognitive, and social/emotional life-skills. Playgrounds come in many different sizes. The larger, the more of WOW, stay and develop you can achieve. So, knowing your budget is relevant for your journey to plan the playground.
Some organizations have the budgets carved out in stone, for example assigned from public budgets. So they know exactly what they can spent right from the beginning. Other organizations apply for external funding. We are happy to help you identify funds that sponsor playgrounds in your areas and for your kind of usage and children. We are also happy to help you dimension what you should be applying for and give you the visuals that will help you make your application stick out as an attractive sponsorship. We do that by planning a designing it, costing it up, and visualizing it with lively computer-generated images. This will you to get your funding for your outdoor activity area.
Playgrounds can be made in different styles and materials which each have their benefits:
Children’s play preferences and their development through play change as they grow. The play solution needs to reflect that, in its size, layout and play equipment.
The use of the playground can also be very different
We recommend making different zones for different age groups, and then make the playground products cater for the age group of the zone for children to find way to the zone in which we have intended them to play. Whether the playground is for a specific age group or for several age groups it is important to keep the age groups in mind in the following way.
Surfacing can be a way of signaling the spaces, and in fact also enhance the kind of play.
You should get in touch with us no less than 3 months prior to your desired opening day (longer for super large or highly customized playgrounds). Because there are several steps make a good playground:
1. Designing: When designing the playground to your specific needs we need to have time to do a great playground design that match your needs and surroundings, time to do an accurate costing, and time to do a visualization that shows you exactly how it is going to look. This takes approximately a month if we nail it in first round.
2. Manufacturing: Our playgrounds are made specifically to your wish. So, we start manufacturing it when you have decided. For a playground of core products this takes 4 weeks. For super large products and customized products, it takes longer. For the latter because we must draw the manufacturing drawings first.
3. Playground construction project: Transport to site, potential removals, groundworks, installation, surfacing, and auxiliaries are made in subsequent steps and normally take a month.
For super large playgrounds or for high degree of customization, 6 month is a better reference.