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How Long Does It Take to Build a Playground?

Taking on a playground design and build project is very exciting and we know you just can’t wait to have access to a new fun play space that your community can enjoy.

Having a good indication of how long a playground might take to complete can help you along as you plan the timeline of your project. It can also be a great way to track progress and keep people informed on what to expect during the process.

In this short video, we break down the various stages of the build and provide you with an estimate of the duration of each step.


Click here to download the Creo “How to Build a Playground in 2022” Guide

Here is an outline of the Creo build process:


  1. Detailed Design. The Creo design team spends 5-10 working days working to create a design concept based on the ideas and brief presented through the consultation process. There is time here for back-and-forth feedback and collaboration until a final design is chosen.
  2. Procurement. This part of the process can be unpredictable, especially with the current supply challenges. Procurement of equipment and materials can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 22 weeks. This range can vary based on the type of equipment being incorporated into the playground.
  3. Site establishment. Our project team will spend anywhere between 1-4 working days on establishing the site and making sure everything is ready for build.
  4. Demolition + Excavation. This step takes 1-3 working days to complete. The Creo build team will work on creating a clean canvas for the installation of the new playground.
  5. Base Prep and Drainage. This typically takes 1-4 working days.
  6. Concrete + Carpentry. The build team can spend anywhere between 2-5 working days creating new paths and concrete surfaces to create flow within the new play space.
  7. Installing equipment. Equipment is then installed, which can take anywhere from 5-10 working days.
  8. Safety surfacing. This can take the build team 3-7 working days to complete. Ensuring all critical fall requirements are met.
  9. Site de-establishment. This final step takes between 2-5 working days depending on the size of the area.


To summarise, a playground costing between $150,000-$350,000 could take anywhere between 3-7 weeks to complete.

A rule of thumb when working with Creo is to assume a value of $50,000 per week.


One more factor to consider…

Weather can play a huge role in the length of time your playground will take to complete, so it’s important to keep this in mind during the process of your playground project.

One decent day of rain can potentially delay a project for days, especially if the site is difficult to drain or challenging to access.

If you want to talk to someone or get further clarification on any of these, feel free to give us a call on 0800 000 334 or flick us an email.



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