About Grounds For Play

Children are more than just little bodies. They have developing minds, growing personalities, and impressionable spirits. That’s why at Grounds For Play we seek to encourage, inspire, and empower children through our play environments. Our mission is to design and build outdoor play environments for children of all ages that are safer and encourage a variety of skill development. We trust you’ll enjoy our uniquely designed Grounds For Play play environments just as much as your children. Let’s work together to capture the unique vision of your project.


Playgrounds That Start with a Knowledge of Childhood Development

Our organization is built upon a research-based understanding of children, play, and safety.

Founded by two highly knowledgeable PhDs in Early Childhood Education, we have dedicated ourselves to extensive research and writings on play, playgrounds, and childhood development. This deep expertise informs our approach to creating safe and engaging environments for children. We take great pride in our commitment to safety, which is evident in the many internal standards of design we uphold that go beyond the minimum safety guidelines, ensuring that children's well-being and enjoyment are at the forefront of our mission.

Kiddie Academy of Urbandale

Whole Play Environments, Not Just Playgrounds

Our approach to playground planning begins with the development of a basic master plan.

Our plans address age-specific needs and objectives. We prioritize your input and vision, incorporating your needs and curriculum into our designs. Our extensive experience and manufacturing expertise complement your ideas, ensuring that the playground we create is not only safer and more functional but also aligned with your unique vision and requirements.

Play Structure

Supporting Your Commitment to Being Environmentally Friendly

We are dedicated to environmental sustainability in our projects.

Our commitment is reflected in several key practices. First and foremost, we strive to use environmentally friendly recycled materials in our designs. This means that we prioritize the use of non-toxic, recycled posts and decks, reducing the environmental impact of our projects. Furthermore, we understand the importance of long-term sustainability, which is why we also incorporate low-maintenance materials wherever possible. This combination of eco-conscious material choices and low-maintenance solutions allows us to create aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible designs that stand the test of time.

Over 40 Years of Making Playgrounds

  • 1983: Founded to meet a need in the playground industry for safer, educationally-based play environments
  • 1989: Designed and installed the first public universally accessible park in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1990: Began working with Bright Horizons, a child care provider
  • 1992: Received the Consumer Excellence Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers 
  • 1996: First major project with the U.S. Army Child Development Centers with 7 sites in Europe and musical instruments were introduced into our product offering
  • 2008: Began working with Nobel Learning Communities
  • 2012: Began working with Goddard Schools
  • 2014: First full Grounds For Play nature environment created and installed, awarded Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) contract, relocated to Carrollton, Georgia
  • 2015-2016: Began working with Kiddie Academy
  • 2019: Nominated for Georgia Manufacturer of the Year in the Medium Manufacturer Category, received the People of Manufacturing Award by the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance
  • 2020: Introduced new look and recycled materials to our product line

"I believe this playground to represent a model for what is best for play environments for all children and is an outstanding example of how play environments can be designed... In addition, this play environment will help teach others about the importance of play and play environments."

Mary Ruth Moore, Ph.D.
Mission Road Development Center

"I am very pleased with the service we received from Grounds For Play and [am] very happy with the playground equipment. We've had so many "wows!" when people come and tour our facility and our playground is one of the reasons why! I will recommend Grounds For Play to anyone wanting to install a first-rate playground."

Patti Teter, Executive Director
Respite Care of San Antonio

About Our Parent Company

PlayCore is a purpose-driven Company committed to building healthy communities around the world by advancing play and recreation. The company infuses scholarly learning, through its Center for Outreach, Research, and Education, into its comprehensive family of brands. PlayCore combines best-in-class educational programming with the most comprehensive portfolio of play and recreation products and services to create tailored environments that match the unique needs of each community served. Learn more at www.playcore.com

PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research, & Education (CORE) is committed to researching and advocating for the impact of play and recreation on a community’s vitality and why it’s valuable to invest in community health and wellness. In collaboration with leaders and scholars, CORE gathers and shares knowledge, through a variety of evidence-based resources and services, to positively advance diverse community needs.

CORE’s Professional Development Hub combines research and resources in world-class learning opportunities where professionals can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Sign up using code SUPERIOR.

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