Congratulations! You’ve been entrusted with the exciting task of planning for a new commercial playground. If this is your first time, you’re probably scratching your head about now and wondering “Okay, so where do I start?” You’re in the right place! We’ve put together a few basics to help you get started. Should you have questions, give us a call at (888) 342-8228 and one of our commercial playground specialists will be happy to assist you.
Researching the companies you’re interested in working with and the equipment you’re considering purchasing is an important first step in the playground planning process. The company you choose should be well versed in all aspects of the commercial playground industry and focused on designing a play area that meets your unique needs and while staying within your budget. They should also be happy to discuss the various safety certification requirements and answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Once you’ve selected your playground equipment supplier, it’s time to move on to some serious planning! You’ll want to consider budget, available space, surfacing, and the needs of the individuals who will be using the equipment. Let’s break it down a little more:
This is often the biggest question our customers have. Here’s a breakdown of the costs you’ll need to consider, in addition to the cost of your structure(s):
Sales Tax: If you live outside Indiana, you will not be charged sales tax. Customers within the state of Indiana will be charged 7% sales tax.
Shipping: The cost for shipping is calculated based on product weight and delivery location. This will be included in your final quote.
Installation: The cost of installation will depend on the amount and complexity of the structures you choose, and rates vary by company.
Surfacing: Safety surfacing is another important consideration when planning your budget since it is critical to protecting little ones from serious injury as a result from falling. The cost of surfacing will depend on the type of material you choose and total square footage to be covered.
Each piece of playground equipment has a designated “use zone”, which is the minimum area of free space around the structure that is required for it to be enjoyed and used safely, and meet CPSC and ASTM standards. Knowing the approximate square footage of your available space will help you determine which playset and accessories are right for you. Use zone information included on each of our products to help with the planning process.
And by “audience”, we of course mean the little ones who will be frequenting the playground. Our playground equipment is designed to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities, from 6 months, up through adult ages. Each piece of playground equipment also has a child capacity, which is the maximum number of children that can safely play on a structure at a time. This number is noted on each product page and is an important consideration during your planning process.
Do you need wheelchair accessible playground equipment? We can provide that too! We understand the importance of making sure no one feels left out, so the large majority of our equipment is ADA compliant and accessible. We also off playground systems specifically designed for inclusive play for guests with wheelchairs.
Your guests deserve to get the most out of play time, so if you have any questions about use zone, child capacity, age appropriate play, or ADA compatibility, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (888) 342-8228.
This is the fun part! Now that you know your budget, available space, and other requirements, you can begin putting together your ideal playground. First, you’ll select your main playset, then add swings, spring riders, and any other independent play structures, before completing the area with site amenities like benches and picnic tables. Working on a fitness trail project? Check out our variety of high-quality outdoor fitness equipment. When you’ve made your choices, just add them to your quote cart and provide us with a few quick details so we can get you a custom quote with 24 hours*. It’s that simple! If you’d like a quote for safety surfacing, simply select that option when completing your quote request and we’ll include that in your quote, too.
Once your order is placed, your equipment will arrive in as little as 1-2 weeks, if you chosen any of our Quick Ship items, or 6-8 weeks if you’ve selected our standard lead time items. If you choose to pay by business check, your equipment will ship once the check has been received and cleared. Depending on the size of the playset and additional free standing structures you’ve chosen, installation will take an average of 1-5 days from start to finish. For help finding a local installer, visit our installation section. After your playground is installed, keep it in tip top shape by conducting regular visual inspections and maintenance when necessary. Visit our resources page for more helpful information, including answers to frequently asked questions.
Purchasing a new playground shouldn’t be a stressful endeavor: that’s why we’ve simplified the process. As a nationwide supplier of commercial playground equipment with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Playground Outfitters brings our customers exactly what they need: high quality playground equipment at affordable prices. Call (888) 342-8228 to get started today!
*Quotes provided within 24 hours does not include weekends and holidays.