Are you kids fans of going to the public park or playground regularly?
Have you ever thought about putting in a playground in your backyard?
If you’re seriously considering it, have you ever caught yourself wondering, “How much does it cost to build a playground, anyway?”
Putting in a playground in your backyard can be a fun and exciting way to encourage your kids to play outside. However, there’s a significant cost associated with a project like this, so it’s important to understand everything you can about it before you ever get started.
There’s more to putting in a backyard playground than simply picking the right playset and installing it. You’ll need to make sure you choose something that’s the right size, and you’ll want something your kids are truly going to enjoy playing on, too. And that’s what this article is here for!
Below, we’ll help you figure out everything you need to decide on before you start planning your new playground. And once you have that determined, you’ll be able to work through the costs involved with building a playground, too.
By the time you finish reading, you should have a firm understanding of the costs that will go into this project, and you’ll be better prepared to plan your budget, too.
Before you get started picking your playground equipment and determining your budget, you’ll need to be sure you’re looking at the right options for your specific needs. In this section, we’ll help you narrow down your choices depending on a few important criteria. Answer the following before you continue looking into your backyard playground.
Now that you’ve determined the basics about the playground you’re considering, you can move on to understanding more about the playground’s costs specifically. In this section, we’ll help you learn more about the different categories of playground expenses you’ll need to keep in mind when you’re figuring out the budget you have to work with. Depending on your playground of choice, these categories may cost significantly more or less, so it’s important to keep your specific needs in mind when you’re thinking about them.
If you’re only putting in a small playground, you probably only need to level the ground and won’t have to worry about much else. However, bigger playgrounds may require leveling, landscaping with shrubs or flowers, filling in the area with a playground cover, and more.
The playground equipment itself is the most expensive part of the purchase. You’ll need to have enough money to buy the lumber if you’re using a kit or making a DIY project, and you’ll need to pay for the whole playset if you’re going that route instead, too. Depending on what you’re looking for, one option may be a lot cheaper than the other, but in some instances, they tend to even out.
What are you going to cover the ground with around and below your playground? Are you going for grass, sand, or gravel? How about wood chips or maybe something a little more expensive, like a playground rubber mat flooring? Are you going to section off the area with a border or are you going to put a fence around the playground instead? Anything like this is going to cost more when it comes to your overall budget, and some of these options are pricier than others.
If you’re putting the playground together yourself, you’ll need power tools to get the job done. You’ll also need a lot of hardware and hand tools as well, and if you don’t have all of this already, you’ll incur more expenses purchasing or renting the tools required to get the job done. If you’re not going to be installing the playground on your own, don’t think you’re saving any money; you’ll still need to pay for the installation fees, whether the company itself installs the playground or you hire a handyman to do the job for you.
Depending on where you live, you may need to have some permits before you can put in a large playground in your backyard. Some places regulate the width of playgrounds, while others regulate the height. And if you live in an HOA, you may need special permission from the association to get this done, too. This may require additional filing fees, depending on how your HOA works. Always make sure you get all the permission and permitting you need before you ever break ground for your new playground—otherwise you may end up wasting a lot of money in the long run on something you’re not allowed to keep.
There are always going to be other types of expenses you may not have considered when planning, so make sure you keep aside some extra money in your budget to cover things like this. For example, you may buy a kit and find that it is missing several pieces of hardware when you open it. In this case, you might have to pay for the replacement pieces out of pocket.
Each playground’s grand total is going to be different, and it’s all dependent on your specific situation, needs, and the type of playground you’re planning to install. But just to give you a range to work with, your playground can cost from $500-$25000 or more depending on what you're actually trying to accomplish. Now that's one heck of a playground!
Do you feel a little more prepared to figure out the costs and expenses involved with your new playground? Now that you’ve learned a little bit about playground costs, you should know what to expect when you’re designing yours. Of course, there are some other things you should keep in mind when you’re working on this project, too.
Most importantly, remember that there will be many maintenance costs down the line. Installation is only one part of the process when it comes to having a backyard playground. Regular maintenance will go a long way toward ensuring your playground is safe and secure for your kids to enjoy for years to come.
Some maintenance may include:
Replacing or repairing any canopies or other types of roofing on the playset.
Keep in mind that you’ll always need a little bit of a budget put away for upkeep like this. With the right preparation, you’ll never run into an issue when it comes to maintaining your backyard playground, and you’ll be able to face anything that might come up along the way.