What to keep in mind when creating a new playground

·         Aim for engagement

Consider the amount of activities you will be able to fit in the space. Its important to prioritise what kind of play will engage the kids using it the most. Whether it be sensory play, nature play or more climbing based play. The play activities then chosen will begin to form the overall theme of the playground.

·         Its not just swings and monkey bars anymore.

A lot has changed within the playground industry in the last 20 years and it is continually changing. The classic playground that consisted of a deck with a side, some monkey bars and a swing is no longer seen as effective in new play spaces. There is just so much more choice and design possibilities with playgrounds now that it can be hard to decided exactly what equipment you would like and whether the equipment will fit within the allocated area. From activity boxes to themed towers playground equipment is constantly evolving.

·         What does the community want?

There is no doubt that any child or parent will be thrilled with a new playground in their community but, is it exactly what they wanted? It’s a good idea to put the word out to members of the community asking what kind of play they want and what kind of equipment their kids love using. Community consultation allows people to have a say and can also provide an indication of what kind of age bracket the playground will attract as well as increasing community engagement.

·         Age bracket the playground is aimed at

It is important to assess what the average age range of the children using the playground will be. If the children are slightly older then more challenging play is needed such as a rock wall or an activity box. If the children are younger than more inclusive play may be needed such as nature play or sensory panels. As mentioned previously community consultation is a good way to assess what the average age of the children using the playground will be.

·         Is there a need for all access?

Another large movement of change within the playground industry in last 20 years has been the increase in all access units. All access within playgrounds means that children in wheelchairs can enjoy the playground just as much as the others. It can include ramps attached to the unit, sensory play or even rubber paths leading to the swings and playground. All access is not a compulsory element of a new playground but it is important to assess what kind of children will be using the playground and if all access will benefit them.

 

It can be difficult creating an effective play space. Let our team of in house designers and sales reps guide you in the right direction. Contact us on 1800 812 027 or at info@omnitech.com.au

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