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Has it crossed your mind that there should be a playground for kids around your neighborhood? Community playgrounds contribute immensely to the healthy development of children’s motor skills. It is also a great way to teach children how to socialize and make new friends. Playgrounds provide kids a safe space to test and push their bodies to the limit. Now about that thought—hold on to it. We’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how you bring it into reality.

Step 1. Create a Mental Picture

If you have a vision board at home, you already know how to complete this step successfully. If not, all you have to do is envision the ultimate playground in your mind. Imagine that money was not an issue and neither was space; what would your playground look like? How many children do you think will use the playground every day? Would you like a Disney princess theme or a Spiderman theme? Would you like a special space set aside for differently-abled kids? After you have answered these questions, you will have a pretty clear picture of what you want in your mind.

Step 2: Now It’s Time to Look at the Budget

You have your dream playground in your mind clear as day, and you could almost touch it. It’s time to talk about the funding. The largest chunk of funding usually goes to the actual play equipment, but you should not forget the following areas:

  • Site preparation
  • Surfacing the playground
  • Amenities
  • Cost of Labor

Chances are you do not have all the cash needed to get things going. If you are not sure about the total, give playground construction experts a call for a free quotation. Even if the estimate is high, you should not be too discouraged. There are a few ways you can get funding for the project; here are some of the ways you can start raising funds:

  • Hold a fundraiser
  • Start a fundraising campaign
  • You could also try and apply for grants

Step 3: It’s Time to Put on Your Boots and Visit Your Site

It is finally time to stop building castles in the air and go see where it’s all going to be built. You will need to evaluate the site. Aspects that you should pay attention to include:

  • The size of the field
  • Drainage quality
  • The type of vegetation
  • Available amenities
  • Environmental hazards

Step 4: Create and Design the Playground Equipment

The equipment you have built should be functional as well as aesthetic. The items should challenge kids to try new activities like climbing, swinging or sliding from great heights. Playsets should have different play equipment all involving different types of  physical activity. Kids enjoy the variety of equipment to play with. When designing play equipment, it is important to take into consideration different types of play that kids engage in and the functions of each. Here is a list to get you on your way

  • Sensory play
  • Inclusive play
  • Imaginative play


A well-planned playground is not just a space for children to play, but an environment that fosters physical, social, and cognitive development. Whether you’re a school or a community looking to create a safe and engaging outdoor space, T.F. Harper & Associates is here to help.

With our expertise in both Austin construction services and playground planning and design, we can guide you through the process of selecting the right equipment, ensuring compliance with safety regulations, and creating a customized playground that meets your unique needs. Contact us today, and let us bring your vision to life. Together, we can create a vibrant and inclusive playground experience that will leave a lasting impact on children’s lives. Don’t wait any longer – with  let’s transform your playground with the finest playground equipment in Austin TX!

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