Tips for a Successful Community-Build Playground
Most playground projects are installed using a general contractor through your SRP Certifed Partner. However, doing a supervised group install can help save up to 20% on installation costs! Here are a few tips to make your community-built play area a success.
Have proper guidance and supervision from a CPSI certified installer.
It is best practice to have a professional CPSI certified installer on-site during a community-build, so they can manage and supervise the install process. With their guidance, your playground will be installed safely and correctly.
Ensure the space is prepared.
Prepare the space for installation by doing the following items:
- Prior to digging into the ground, locate any underground lines by hiring a utility locating service
- Remove all debris, concrete, or asphalt from the space
- Grade the ground as close to level as possible for optimal safety
Check inventory and safely store play equipment.
Use the packing list that ships with your project to ensure all parts are accounted for and undamaged. Install should start within a few days of the play equipment being delivered to your site as the packing material is not designed to be stored in an uncontrolled environment for a long period of time. Large sheets of polytone plastic such as panels, arch bridge panels, slide hoods, etc. should be stored flat or well-supported in order to prevent warping.
Start constructing playground structures from the inside out.
Install play structures in a radiating fashion starting from the inside. Begin by installing a single post or deck in the middle of the structure in order to create a base to build from. Specific installation instructions are included for each piece of equipment.
Leave the work site covered and roped off.
For safety, be sure to not leave the worksite unattended without first covering up all open holes (with material such as plywood) and roping off all unfinished equipment until installation is completed.