Is there a park in your community that would be the perfect location for a new playground? Getting a playground built can be exciting but confusing for someone who has never been through the process before. In this post we will help break down the steps to getting your dream playground built.
Build your team
You’re convinced your community could really benefit from a new playground. Do your neighbors agree? Organize a meeting with your neighbors or put it up for discussion on a community message board. If there’s enough support, create a playground team. A lot of planning, raising money and applying for grants and permits can go into building a playground. Getting the support of your neighbors can help this process go a lot smoother.
Start designing your dream playground
Playground manufacturers partner with distributors that can help with the planning and construction of your new playground. Companies like fun abounds can help you with your playground or splashpad project by providing grant information, helping design your dream play area, and completing the construction process. Working with a distributor makes the whole process a lot smoother because you can depend on professionals who have been through the process countless times. They know the necessary steps and can assist you with things like budgeting, permits, insurance, and maintenance.
Get the funding
The two main ways community playgrounds are funded are through fundraising and grants. Fundraising events can include things such as car washes, bake sales, silent auctions, and concerts. A great example of effective fund raising is a New York Community that was able to raise $130,000 for a waterfront playground and park overhaul by charging $80 per person for an annual fundraising cocktail party held in nice house that donated the space for the night.
The Funds for Fun program that Burke has designed makes it easy for kids, individuals, families, organizations or businesses to make our playground dream become a reality, on donation at a time.
Grants are also a great way to get funding for your playground. A few great grant opportunities include the following:
Move With Us Playground Grants offer an opportunity to bring play to communities that haven’t experienced the innovations, quality, and FUN that a Burke playground provides.
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families to play nationwide.
The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Program awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis.
The AAD Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun.
Need help planning your playground?
For the past decade, fun abounds has been helping individuals and communities achieve their dream play spaces. We offer a wide selection of commercial playground equipment and aquatic play features from the most trusted product lines in the industry. We also carry other site amenities to complete your play area including safety surfacing, shade structures, picnic tables, benches, and more. Call 855-ABOUNDS to discuss your playground project today.