Getting Started

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By landing on this page, you have already begun your journey to the ideal playground or outdoor space. Bergfeldrecreation.com can provide you with everything you will need from shades to swings, we have it all. It might seem intimidating to get started on building your playground, but it is much simpler than you may think. We’ll take you through the steps and by the end, you’ll feel ready to place your order!

 

1. Budget

gettingstarted-icon1aHow much money that is available to you can be an initial determining factor in whatever you are doing. On average, a playground costs about $8,000.

If you’re just looking for a few pieces and not a large structure, it can be much less. The pie graph on the left shows a typical break-down of playground costs. If you are need of funding we recommend viewing our Grants and Stimulus guide and our Fundraising Guide.

3. Space

gettingstarted-icon2Minimum amount of space needed is 22’ x 22’ like the Rochester playground.

For a full playground experience, a 50’ x 50’ space is ideal.

Schools and other high traffic areas might need several structures and freestanding events.

4. Timeline

gettingstarted-icon3When a project is expected to be finished, can greatly affect the amount of budget available for your actual equipment. Whenever there is a rush put on a project, it increases the cost.

On average installation can take 9 or more months to complete.

Custom structures with installations can take up to a year.

DIY Installation and Quick-Ship Structure is the fastest at within a month.

5. Equipment

Choosing what type of equipment can go into your playground is one of the most exciting parts, but one of the areas you will have to do the most in-depth research. Scroll over the different playground equipment images to get valuable information on the most common and beloved playground equipment.

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6. Planning

Now that you’ve considered all of the factors above you may be ready for the planning and designing portion of the process. The planning proceess includes purchasing and designing. This is the time you want to begin finalizing what equipment and structures you’d like in your playground and the placement of it. Once, you have figured those factors you can then compare it to your budget and make changes and alterations as needed.

For additional resources on the planning process, purchasing and design please view our Planning and Resources page.

7. Installation

There are three main types of installation: Customer DIY, Supervised, and Professional. Each of them have their own unique benefits. Take a look at our video on Installation Options for more information!

8. Shipping

Purchases ship differently depending on the size, weight, and contents. Check out our video on Shipping & Delivery for more information!
 

9. Maintenance

The use of regular inspections and a proper maintenance schedule can help extend the life of your playground: keeping it safe and looking great for years to come!
 

Questions you may have for us

1.) How expensive is a playground?: The price can vary based on the size of the space, type of equipment used, materials used to make the equipment, and safety surfacing.

2.) How do I know which one to buy?: Playgrounds are bought for lots of reasons. The right one for you will address the needs in your specific community including ages of chil-dren and special needs.

3.) How long does it take from purchase to complete installation?: Depending on several factors it can take 2 months to a year. On average, a custom structure will take roughly 9 months if you are having it installed.

4.) How much maintenance does it require?: Playgrounds require weekly, monthly, and annual maintenance. The maintenance can be reduced by selecting lower maintenance safety surfacing.

5.) Are there any codes that I need to comply with?: The ASTM codes set the rules for playground equipment for children between the ages of 2 – 12. The CPSC has suggested guidelines for children between the ages of 6 – 24 months.

Vocabulary to Know

1.) Safety Zone: the area that is needed around a piece of play equip-ment to provide space for falls.

2.) Fall Height: the highest playable surface on a structure.

3.) Safety Surfacing: the surface used beneath a piece of equipment to cushion a fall.

4.) Event: one activity on a larger structure or a single free-standing structure.

5.) CPSI: Certified Playground Safety Inspector, a person who has been certified to check safety. They should do annual inspections of your playground.

6.) Age Separation: Creating different areas for different age groups to allow for a safer play experience.

7.) IPEMA: International Play Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, a group that tests and certifies playground equipment for safety.