Playground Equipment Cost? Questions, FAQ’s

Can you design or build a single play structure that accommodates children ages 2 through 12?

Yes, this can be done, but the challenge level for all of the components will need to be appropriate for 2-5 year olds. Therefore, in many cases this does not make sense for age appropriate play and challenges for the 5-12 year olds. The CPSC guidelines recommended that separate areas be designated for the different age groups of 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds.

What is a community build?

This would be any portion of a playground project to be constructed by volunteers.

What are the comparative costs per square foot of the various safety surfaces?

This is a complex answer that will vary depending on the existing conditions, drainage requirements, the fall height requirements, size of the area, and other factors. The basic answer is that engineered wood fiber is the least expensive resilient material, while loose fill rubber will cost about 2-3 times as much initially. Unitary mats, synthetic turf and poured-in-place rubber safety surfaces will initially cost 5-6 times as much as engineered wood fiber. Be sure to consider the overall lifetime costs for all these materials when comparing these material costs.

If we construct our own playground, other than the equipment costs, what other costs should we consider?

When figuring the total costs for a playground installation it is important to consider all or some of the following: freight, unloading of equipment (fork lift or lull?), storage of materials, sales tax, concrete, the use of an auger or other digging equipment, drainage considerations.

How much does professional installation cost for a playground installation?

There are many circumstances that can affect this cost and it is best to check with your local sales consultant for an accurate estimate of installation costs. Also, be sure to add all other components into the overall installation budget such as: unloading the truck upon delivery, excavation, boarders, drainage considerations, safety surfacing, site access, removal of existing equipment, signage, ADA access to the play area, etc.

Do I need landscape fabric under the wood fiber surfacing?

If you need separation between any under drainage materials and the wood fiber, then fabric is recommended. This will help to prolong the life of the drainage system by keeping these materials separated while also lengthening the life of the organic wood fiber surfacing material. Depending on the nature and porosity of the subsurface, and if no drainage system is installed, landscape fabric may not be required.

Are the prices shown installed?

No, typically installation costs need to be figured separately and will vary depending on a number of factors.  If professional installation is required, then it is best to speak with you local sales consultant regarding these costs.

We want to build a playground. How do we get started?

A great place to start would be to go to our download section of this website, under the Playground Planning Information, and download the brochure named 8 Step Playground Planning Guide. This brochure will outline the 8 major steps involved with developing a playground.

Can I install the play equipment myself?

Yes, the detailed instructions provided will guide you through the installation, however, if you have no experience with this type of installation it could take longer and be more difficult without some guidance and discussions about what to expect. We recommend that you discuss this with your sales consultant since some playground designs lend themselves to customers doing it themselves, while other designs and products require a bit more expertise.  If you plan to use volunteers to build your playground, then please consult with us…..we have a complete Community Build program to assist with this process.

Will you come out and take a look at my site/area?

Yes, our consultants are available to visit the project site.  This is an important step in providing the proper planning and design of the playground.  Many factors will be included in the final equipment design which can only be learned through a thorough site visit by one of our experienced sales consultants.

What does General Recreation charge for community build assistance?

In most cases, there is no charge for assistance with community build projects for our clients.

What purchasing contracts are available?

General Recreation holds several purchasing contracts while Landscape Structure also holds national contracts that can be used for many purchases. Please see our Purchasing Contracts section of our website for more information.

Can we build our project in phases?

Yes, we often design playgrounds, skate parks and other facilities to be installed in phases over time. This is a great way to get some equipment now, build interest in the overall project, and also pay for the development costs over time.

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