Playground Design Process

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We design and manufacture commercial playgrounds that help children explore their imaginations and challenge their growing muscles so they can be happy and healthy. Whether you're getting started in planning a school playground, a play area for a city park, or ready to design a church playground, our process can help.

Because of our network of SRP Certified Partners, in-house design team, and over 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space, we are able to carefully follow the creation of your playground each step of the way.  This allows us to ensure the highest quality product for our clients while using the best safety standards. Our Partners are a big part of this process and steps may be different depending on each customer's individual needs. Taking that into account, here's an overview of what to expect when creating a playground.

1. Site Consultation

An SRP Certified Partner will begin by listening to your needs and wants and discuss critical details that will help plan your new commercial playground to meet your vision. These details include:

  • Project scope and requirements (age range, play structure, shade, amenities, surfacing, etc.)
  • Measure the size of your play space
  • Site access
  • Budget available and/or needed
  • Timeframe
  • Possible obstacles (permits, etc.)

2. Create a Site Plan

You will meet with our SRP Certified Partner to create a site plan that best fits your needs and wants. During this process, we'll review other Superior playground sites that align with your project scope to gain a better understanding of your vision for your commercial playground. This will be a good opportunity to see possible design and layout options for your play structure, surfacing, independent play elements, and site furnishings.

3. Design and Safety Review

Safety is our top priority when it comes to playgrounds. We design our play spaces to meet or exceed the standards set forth by these organizations:

  • International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • United States Access Board

We follow our own strict in-house standards and guidelines while also having staff that are CPSI certified who will review your site plan for safety and functionality.

4. Proposal

We will provide a proposal that will include:

  • Site plan
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) drawing
  • Renderings
  • Final cost
  • Installation plan
  • Expected lead time

5. Manufacturing and Installation

We're on the home stretch! Your SRP Certified Partner will schedule the installation and construction of your new play area and any supporting activities to get your playground ready for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on time.

If you choose to do a community build or install, be sure to have a professional installer supervise and lead your team to ensure everything is installed correctly and safely.

Contact us to get started on your new playground!

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Are you ready to create a new play area but have a few questions or don't know where to start? We're here to help! Get in touch with a representative today and they'll guide you through the playground buying process.