Frequently Asked Questions

What are some things we need to consider when planning our playground project?
  • What is your budget range?
  • What age group of children are you trying to serve? (Toddler, 2-5, 5-12, 2-12)
  • How many children will be on the playground simultaneously?
  • How much space do you have?
  • Will you need this space for expansion of your building any time in the future?
  • What type of equipment are you interested in? (Deck structures with slides, swings, or independent events)
  • What type of safety surfacing are you planning on using?
  • Who do you want to handle the installation of the equipment?
  • What is the time frame for your project?
What are the primary expenses for a playground project?

The cost of the equipment, cost of freight on the equipment, cost of the safety surfacing, cost of land prep if needed, and cost of installation. Some sales may be tax exempt while other will be taxable.

How long does it take for us to receive the equipment after the order is placed?

The delivery time varies depending upon the company that is manufacturing the product. Some items are considered “Quick Ship” and can ship out the same week the product is ordered. Other items may have to be customized or may be backordered, resulting in longer delivery times of up to 10 weeks. The overall industry standard is 4-6 weeks delivery time.

Who handles installation?

You have the choice to install it yourself, find a local contractor to install it, or have us install it. We will be happy to give you a price quote on the installation.

Does the playground area need to be level?

Yes. The area where the actual structure itself will be installed needs to be level for a precise installation. Some sites do require excavation or grading. It may be best to have a local grading or landscaping company level off the site prior to the arrival of the playground equipment.

How much space is needed?

Of course that will depend on what equipment you purchase. However, in most cases code requires a 6′ obstruction free zone, completely surrounding the equipment. Swings are an exception. They require more space than the structures require. The height of the swing beam is doubled to get the amount of obstruction-free space that is required in front and behind the swings. Ex: an 8′ tall swing beam would require 16′ in front & 16′ in back of the beam for a total of 32′ of obstacle-free space. More specific information.

What are my options for safety surfacing underneath the playground equipment?

Commercial playground code requires that you provide a minimum of safety surfacing underneath the equipment.
More specific information.

Popular choices are:

  • Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF)
  • Loose Fill Rubber Mulch
  • Bonded Rubber
  • Pour in Place Rubber
  • Artificial Turf