Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you offer playground equipment for residential customers?
A: Yes we do. However, we are a builder of commercial-grade playground equipment. The equipment most often found on residential settings is consumer-grade. The difference being is the commercial playground industry is governed by safety standards such as ASTM and CPSC. These standards help provide the basis for childcare center licensing as they apply to the playground, and provide other non-childcare entities (parks, etc.) confidence that the equipment meets all requirements for safety and durability. This results in playground equipment for commercial use having measurably higher costs overall. Few residential clients can justify purchasing commercial-grade equipment.
Q: How much does a typical playground cost?
A: This is a question we hear often. Actually, it is really no different than asking a home builder “how much does a typical house cost?” We all would understand that housing costs can be impacted by location, lot size, square footage, amenities chosen, trim-out selections, etc., etc., thus making the answer to the initial question be “it depends”. Playgrounds are really no different. The best approach for the buyer is to first understand that, due to a competitive marketplace, most commercial playground equipment is similar in price. One should not, therefore, begin their search on the pricing angle. Let’s first concentrate on design issues, with a clear understanding of your children and center operation needs.
Q: How long does it take to design, build, and install a new playground?
A: Much depends on the timing of your project. Like swimming pool companies, who will tend to work from somewhat longer lead-times in the summer than at other times, we also experience some seasonality in our industry. Your Design Consultant should be able to forecast a predictable project schedule prior to beginning the design.
Q: What is the best Use Zone (safety surface) material?
A: There is no “best” material for every situation. Each project has its own set of circumstances that impact this kind of decision. Grounds For Play offers a variety of materials and can advise you on those that would best fit your center’s requirements.
Q: How safe is your equipment?
A: We began in the playground business in 1983. Since that time we have designed and installed over 10,000 playgrounds for clients literally all over the world. To this date, Grounds For Play has never been litigated for injury or death to a child on one of our playgrounds. That is a record we have worked very hard to maintain, and of which we are most proud.