- Jan 02, 2018 -
Buy a commercial playground
The task of buying playground equipment has fallen to you and your committee. Maybe you're decision-maker, your head is going to explode because you don't know the first thing about the equipment of the commercial playground. Where do you start? Right here. You need a good advice from a professional playground design consultant and I am here to help.
First of all, it would be interesting--yes, expensive. Let's get this over with to save all our anxieties--10,000 to 110,000 dollars. My project is between 30,000 and 90,000 dollars, including site preparation, safety surfacing, purchase and installation.
There are many playground companies in the United States-most of them competitors-and their competitors offer a bigger version than theirs. The bigger is not always better, unless in this case I would disagree. You can eliminate four or five companies. The popularity of these top companies in municipal and school districts comes from decades of experience, proving that they can be relied on in terms of quality control, service, innovation and security.
Go beyond (but learn) the catalog and design something that meets your specific needs. As a playground design consultant, I never charge for this service. I prefer working with my clients in their offices, meeting rooms, or conducting real-time online design meetings with CAD programs until we find something that everyone is satisfied with.
If you don't have the budget and plan to raise money for your project, knowing what you're getting (and how much you need to raise) is critical to your success. I saw a group of people gather to raise money rather than design the playground first. It's hard for them to raise money. If you have a big poster for your playground project, your public will be more willing to donate something that they can intuitively see.
A design consultant will ask more than 10 important questions. Select a design advisor and get the layout that works for you. If they are in a state contract, you may not need to go out to bid. The process is interesting and education is relaxing. Don't be afraid to work with big companies because we all have competitive pricing.
Before consulting the playground, it's a good idea to know your playground and choose it wisely. The cost of their utilities underground? Is it level? Is there a drainage problem? Parking nearby? There are more questions and experienced design consultants should have their CPSI certificate updated and able to lower their checklist to determine if there is no problem and may be in the future. Remember, this should be fun! It would be interesting to believe me!