School Playground Equipment

According to a Voice of Play survey, 100% of teachers agree that recess is essential for young students' mental and physical activity.

From kids in pre-school to upper elementary school, it's proven that all children benefit from regular time outside — that’s why school playground equipment is so important. At Superior Recreational Products, we’re proud to offer some of the most personalized recess equipment on the market. Rather than one-size-fits-all solutions, we provide customized school play equipment that encourages physical, mental, and emotional development for students. Each school playground is specifically made to feature components that your students would benefit from — whether that be slides, climbers, or education panels.

Ellicott Elementary CO Playgrounds 3-Wheel Spinner

What To Look for In a School Playground

When you’re considering playground equipment for a school, several factors should be taken into account to ensure the safety, engagement, and development of the students using it.

  • Line of Sight and Safety: Choose playground equipment that doesn’t hinder supervision so that teachers have a clear line of sight across the playground.
  • Outdoor Classrooms: Incorporate outdoor classroom space using a shade or shelter structure with either benches or tables underneath to maximize the space beyond recess. You can also use log benches, mushroom steppers, and more for creative seating ideas.
  • Physical Education: Incorporate active components like climbing rope walls so that physical education teachers can take advantage of the playground space for class time
  • Age-Appropriateness: Choose playground equipment that offers appropriate physical challenges to your students. Pre-school students, for example, may not benefit from the same equipment as a 5th grader.
  • Inclusivity: Choose equipment that allows children of all ages and abilities to play together.
  • Budget: We know budget is an important factor. Beyond the equipment itself, freight, installation, and surfacing should also be considered.

Budgeting Resources for Schools

Not sure where to start when budgeting for your next playground? Look at our Budgeting Guide, which outlines all the budget areas that should be considered when purchasing a new playground.

There are many state and national grants available to fund playground equipment. Download our handy state-by-state grant guide to see what’s available in your area.

We have secured opportunities for schools to utilize national purchasing power through reputable purchasing cooperatives. Not only can you bypass the bidding process, but you can also (in most cases) receive discounts on our playground equipment if you purchase through the cooperative.

Take advantage of our seasonal playground sales! We offer popular playgrounds at discounts throughout the year.

Planning Tools for Schools

Make shopping for your next playground easier with the use of our planning tools.


Design Process

Learn about our design process and what steps you’ll take to build your school playground.


Maintenance Plan

Download our Maintenance Guide so you can start creating your playground's maintenance plan.



Want to see all our playground equipment in one place? Check out our catalog.

Photo Gallery of Superior School Projects

"It's been a fantastic thing and I'm so appreciative of the folks that listened and designed something that really meets our needs. Just to see the smiles of their faces has just been amazing. Our teachers are happy, our parents are happy."

Kevin Carr
Principal, Haynes-Inman Education Center

Quality Elementary School Playground Equipment That’s Made in the USA

The school playgrounds we carry are constructed using state-of-the-art techniques and durable materials that ensure unmatched quality. What’s more, we are passionate about adhering to the highest safety standards to keep preschool and elementary school students protected and easily supervised as they play. Our products meet or exceed the standards set forth by organizations like IPEMA (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and more. What’s more, our playgrounds are proudly made in the United States so you know you’re getting the best quality.

Need help with selecting playground equipment?

Our knowledgeable sales representatives can help you pick playground equipment that is age-appropriate, suitable to the space available, and within budget.