Considerations when choosing a wooden playground
When choosing a wooden playground, several considerations should be taken into account to ensure you make an informed decision.
Wooden playgrounds offer a natural and timeless aesthetic that blends well with outdoor environments, creating a visually appealing and inviting space for children to play.
One of the key advantages of wooden playgrounds is their durability and longevity. High-quality, properly treated and maintained wooden structures can withstand the test of time and continue to provide a safe and enjoyable play area for years. Unlike plastic or metal structures that may degrade or corrode over time, wooden playgrounds have a sturdy and solid feel that many people appreciate.
Wooden playgrounds often provide a tactile experience for children. The feel and texture of wood can enhance sensory play, encouraging children to explore and engage with their surroundings. Additionally, wooden structures can be designed with intricate details and craftsmanship, promoting imaginative and creative play among children.
Here are some important factors to consider when choosing to install a wooden playground:
Safety Standards: Ensure that the wooden playground meets relevant safety standards and guidelines, such as those set by ASTM International or the European Standard EN 1176. Safety features like appropriate guardrails, fall attenuation surfaces, and age-appropriate design should be incorporated. All HAGS products are tested by TUV to meet these standards. Click here to find out more information.
Age Group and Play Needs: Consider the age range of the children who will be using the playground. Different age groups have varying developmental needs and require suitable play equipment. Ensure that the playground offers a variety of activities that promote physical, cognitive, and social development. HAGS UniMini is perfect for 2-5yrs, whilst our UniPlay Structures meet the developmental needs to children typically from 5yrs+. Click here to find out about HAGS classified user age.
Space and Design: Evaluate the available space for the playground and consider any specific design requirements or constraints. The playground should fit the area well and allow for proper circulation, accessibility, and supervision. Customizable designs may be preferable to accommodate specific space or thematic considerations.
Durability and Maintenance: Assess the durability of the wooden playground. Choose high-quality materials, such as triple laminated engineered timber, that can withstand outdoor conditions and regular use. Consider the maintenance requirements and ensure you have the resources and commitment to carry out necessary upkeep, including inspections, cleaning, and repairs. Click here to explore our Maintenance Guide.
Environmental Impact: If sustainability is a priority, choose responsibly sourced wood from certified forests. Look for certifications like Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) to ensure the wood comes from sustainable and well-managed sources. Click here to find out more information on Sustainability.
Budget: Consider your budget and the cost-effectiveness of different options. Factors like the type of wood, design complexity, additional features, and installation requirements can affect the overall cost. Balance quality and durability within your budget constraints.
Supplier and Installation: Only choose from a reputable supplier or manufacturer known for producing high-quality playground equipment. Ensure proper installation by trained professionals to guarantee safety and compliance with guidelines. Click here to explore HAGS case studies.
Accessibility: Consider inclusive design principles to ensure the playground is accessible to children with disabilities. Incorporate features like wheelchair ramps, inclusive swings, and sensory play elements to promote inclusivity and equal play opportunities. Click here to find out more about our approach to Inclusivity and Accessibility.
Warranty and Support: Always ask about warranties offered by the supplier or manufacturer prior to making a purchase. Some manufacturers use Warrantees as a marketing gimmick to make you believe that their products last forever. Understand the terms and conditions, including coverage for defects, repairs, and replacements. Also, consider the availability of customer support and after-sales services. Click here to see our excellent warrantees.
By considering these factors, you can choose a wooden playground that meets safety standards, aligns with your requirements, and provides a fun and engaging play experience for children.