What to Know Before Buying a New Playground

So, you’re finally ready to take the plunge and get a new playground for your church, apartment complex, or neighborhood. Congrats! Now what? There’s a lot that goes into replacing an outdated playground with a new, eco-friendly set. A lot has changed in the playground industry since your current one was installed. As you begin the process of choosing the right playground for your needs, here are some things to think about.

What material do you want?

There are many options on the market today, but not all of them are equal. While wooden playgrounds were the rage a while back, today’s commercial playgrounds are made with much more durable, safe, and eye-catching material, such as EcoPlay® lumber. Did you know EcoPlay® lumber has a warranty of up to 50 years! When compared to wood, the cost savings you’ll incur throughout those five decades are enormous. Before choosing the material for your next playground, check out what makes EcoPlay® lumber so durable. 

Who is using the playground?

Take some time to think about who will use the playground the most, and what their needs will be. Will children with special needs use the playground? Will your playground be used by a lot of kids at once, or will it be for a smaller group? You can’t predict the future, but you can take some time to think about who will use your new playground and then cater the design and location to the children and their needs.

What amenities would you like to compliment your playground?

Slides, overhead bars, and climbing walls get the kids excited, but there’s more to a well-planned playground than that. What about park benches? Trash receptacles? Picnic tables? Make sure to ask about what playground amenities are available from your playground manufacturer. At EcoPlay Structures, we offer many functional amenities that match the look and feel of our playgrounds. You can find the full list here.

Do you want your playground to stand out?

Many playgrounds look the same — which is not necessarily a bad thing — but that doesn’t mean yours has to. Do you want to have something more… special? How about a playground specifically designed with a custom sign that incorporates your church or HOA’s logo? Have you considered multiple slides with different shapes to them? Be sure to ask your playground manufacturer how they can personalize the playground to meet the needs of the children. There are many cookie-cutter playgrounds, but not everyone wants that. EcoPlay Structures has an in-house design team ready to help create the perfect playground for you.

There’s a lot to think about before taking the plunge on purchasing a new playground. It can feel overwhelming at times. The good news is we’re here to help. The EcoPlay Structures team has decades of experience designing and manufacturing eco-friendly, long-lasting playgrounds. Contact us today and we’ll walk through your needs and discuss how we can help deliver Planet Friendly Fun to your neighborhood or organization.

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