The Playground
that’s Perfect for You

We made this little guide to help you get going on your playground project.

Imagine your Playground

Want to build a playground? Whether you’re a city, municipality, recreation committee, school board, elementary school, childcare or daycare centre, campground, business, non-profit organization or retirement home, this guide will help you start the planning process.

In order to drill down to what kind of playground you want, you should ask yourself a number of important questions.

  • Who will be using the facility (age group, for what purpose, etc.)?
  • What are the dimensions and characteristics of the grounds?
  • What’s your budget?
  • In your mind’s eye, what does the final result look like?
  • When do you want to have your new playground in place?

Choosing the Right Equipment

Our playstructures and their components for fun and exercise have been developed to respond specifically to the various motor skills of kids (and big kids!) in complete safety.

Go-Élan categorizes its playstructures into use by 4 distinct age groups:

  • 1½ to 5 years old
  • 1½ to 12 years old
  • 5 to 12 years old
  • 12 years old and over

Whatever the ages of the kids (or big kids!) that you’re targeting in your project, we have the right playstructures and components to serve their play requirements. If the size and type of space permits, we can design multi-generational playgrounds, where toddlers can play alongside older children and/or adults.

Don’t forget to consider outdoor site furnishings, which add significant value to the on-site experience.

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Making It Fit with your Budget

The budget is a determining element in the outcome of your playground project. How much do you want to invest? How many playstructures are you considering?

We’ll suggest playstructures that are realistic in terms of your budget. From there, you’ll quickly be able to identify which options are right for your clientele and your organization.

Consider the Dimensions of your Playground

Outdoor playgrounds come in many different sizes. Tell us about the space you’re going to equip:

  • Are there space limitations?
  • Or, conversely, do you have a very large space to work with?
  • Would you like to have a number of playstructures sharing the same space?
  • Do you have outdoor site furnishings or would you like to add some?

Making It Fit with your Grounds

Right off the bat, you need to identify the place where you want to put your playground and make sure that it’s feasible to build there. Obviously, there can be no underground or overhead power lines, septic systems, contaminated soil, and things of that sort.

  • Are there physical obstacles that must be either removed or worked around? (trees, sidewalks, light poles, etc.)
  • Where are the utilities? (power lines, septic and sewer systems)
  • What about the path to the planned playground? Can it be used to move machinery to the space?
  • Is there any equipment already in the space? If so, does it stay or does it go?
  • Do you know what type of soil it is? Sand? Clay? Rocky? The type of soil will have an impact on the types of equipment that can be installed. We’ll advise you on this issue.

Customize your Playstructure

Would you like us to customize your play structures? Perhaps you’re leaning toward a theme playstructure. Have you thought about colours? Would you like to display your logo? These little details make all the difference!

Preparing for Installation

At which time of the year do you want your playground installed? Is there a “drop-dead” date by which it absolutely must be operational?

Bear in mind that successful completion of an outdoor playground equipment project requires preparation of the grounds, equipment assembly and the installation of a protective surface to absorb the impact of any user falls. Ask us about the time frames needed to accomplish these necessary steps.

Bringing People Together

Playground projects start with the community. Whether it’s for a municipal park, a schoolyard, a daycare or nursery, his is the kind of project that usually has a unifying effect. A project begins with the identification of a need and leads to discussions within a committee of motivated residents or a group of engaged citizens. They can then consult with families and elected officials to clarify expectations and seek assistance.You may be surprised by the inspiration you’ll find in the people around you and a genuine enthusiasm for a good project.

Here’s what happened at Watrous Elementary School