Planning a park space is often a journey of several years rather than a onetime endeavor. As with any project, as your space matures and you get feedback from guests you are sure to discover little things that are missing or that you wish you had thought of during the initial design phase. Sure the playground is great but how do you keep families from driving up to the picnic space? You have great benches and even water fountains but you are shocked by how quickly the trash cans fill up. We listened to your feedback and have our list of 4 details our customers say they wouldn't overlook the next time around.
If you are choosing a loose fill surfacing, spend the extra money and install playground borders
, even if you think you don't need them. Technically, if your playground is enclosed by walkways, parking lots, fencing or if you just dig deep enough, you don't really NEED playground borders. However, what you save in upfront costs, you just may lose in lost surfacing and extra work. Boarders are designed to stick up above the ground and keeping your surfacing in place. While many customers prefer a flush to the ground look, other methods of retaining loose fill surfacing do not work as well.
Having trouble controlling traffic at your park? If you don't want to fence in your entire facility, you do have another option. Bollards
are designed to provide an attractive way to keep street traffic out of pedestrian spaces. Close off wide walkways and keep cars out of ungated areas while still allowing foot traffic to pass easily. Bollards are exceptionally helpful for wide jogging trails that may be mistaken for a road and are more attractive than a sign.
If your park space can be accessed on foot you should probably plan to include a few bike racks
, at least one by every obvious entrance. Without a proper place to store them, your guest may tie their bikes to tables, benches or trees, which can cause damage and prevent other guests from fully enjoying the space.
There is a certain irony when a green space isn't exactly green. Adding recycling containers
not only sends a strong message that you support local recycling efforts but also helps prevent trash receptacles from becoming overfilled too quickly.
One way to prepare your own park space is to visit other parks in your area and take a good look around. Do you find that there is enough waste disposal? Do you wish there were more seating options? Are you able to find a comfortable place to relax? What works and what doesn't? Create a list of everything you like and bring it to the design meeting with you. What is on your park's must have list?