Almost nobody has to plan a playground more than once – so chances are you are on a learning curve and a few friendly pointers, a little information, a little jargon translation might be useful. “We Speak Playground” addresses some of the very first things you need to think about.
You’ve heard that there are “standards and guidelines” for playgrounds – but what exactly are they, and where do you find them? The CPSC’s Public Playground Safety Handbook is the set of guidelines the playground literature refers to. The Handbook is attached here. Print yourself a copy. It’s a lot of useful information in an easily understood format.
This booklet looks a little dated, but it remains one of the best and easiest to understand summaries of what it means to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and how to create an accessible playground. It was created by the US Access Board to make the information more accessible… pun intended.
Here are a few questions – based on those posed in We Speak Playground above – to help you refine what you are thinking of. You can print it and use it as a planning aid. Or, if you want, you can fax or email the completed survey back to us and ask for help. But you can download the form here and just think about it – we won’t contact you unless you ask us to. We’re not “tracking” people on this page.
If you already know that you’d like some help, please go to the Contact Us tab and send us a message — or, if you’ve already seen a playsystem you like, fill out the Request a Quote on that system — and we’ll get right back to you with the information you need and the help you want.