Beyond the main structure of a playground, there are many exciting features that add additional depth and versatility to a site. These elements not only add accessibility by increasing the amount of choices to play on, they also add to the aesthetic value by way of element diversity and also by increasing the site’s expansiveness. Having options will accommodate more children and will appease their differing opinions on the question: what was your favorite playground experience?
Remember what it was like to swing? Recall the back and forth, to and fro motion that could entertain for the entire duration of recess. Swings today are just as fun as they’ve always been. As far as equipment goes, the traditional belt swings are always a good choice, but a noticeable twist would be dropping in a tire swing where the belt would have been. Or, if sheer size is a must, a four bay—eight belt set could cater to many children at once. Either way, a swing set is one extra that will add considerable value to a playground.
Don’t under-estimate the power of sand. An underplayed playground extremity is the sandbox and it is sure to please younger children while keeping them a safe distance away from those twelve year olds that are horsing around. There are many styles of sandboxes available, such as a Therapeutic Sandbox model for children with special needs or a Timber framed sandbox—both from Miracle. A sandbox may sit on the outskirts of a site, but it will be the central destination for many children at play.
Slides are a playground main-stay. For hundreds of years—maybe more—slides have been giving those young thrill seekers an adrenaline outlet. Usually seen connected to a mega tower or play structure deck, slides are still very popular today. However, free-standing slides are also available. One amazing, stand alone model is the Flippo slide. It has three chutes and will really add that extra access needed for a congested site. The Flippo offers a great slide option and is one of those features that visitors remember.
No matter which extra, stand-alone features fill in the gaps of a site, the fact that they are there will automatically decongest the area and better the experience of those visiting the site.