How intentional design improves your playground

Making a playground with a purpose and real intention might seem like an obvious option. However, intentional playground design is a specific term we use at Creo to make your space shine and really connect with your purpose, story, and background. These types of playgrounds have the most play value, beauty, and engagement.

In this article, we will cover the main components of a great intentional playground design

The Essence of Intentional Playground Design

Intentional design starts with a fundamental question: What is the essence of your playground? This is about more than just picking colours or equipment. It is about understanding the narrative you want to integrate into the space you will build.

Our approach is to guide you through this process, helping you choose a theme (be it sensory, accessible, inclusive, nature-focused, sustainable, or a destination playground) and asking the right questions to crystallise your vision into a tangible, delightful reality.

Lorna Irene Reserve Playground
Lorna Irene Reserve Playground, focused on inclusivity to make a playground for the local community.

Key Elements of Intentional Design in Playgrounds

  1. The Story: Every playground tells a story. What’s yours? This is a crucial question in intentional playground design. For a school playground, it might be about embedding learning opportunities and reflecting the school’s brand. For community spaces, it could be about capturing the cultural essence of the area, turning the playground into a hub for communal storytelling and connection.
  2. Accessibility: Inclusivity is at the heart of intentional design. It’s about ensuring that children of all abilities can explore, play, and grow together. This involves thoughtful strategies to create playgrounds that are accessible to everyone, breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of belonging.
  3. Age-Appropriate Equipment: Intentional design also means tailoring the playground to suit its primary users. This involves choosing age-appropriate equipment and balancing the need for safety with the desire for challenging, engaging play experiences.
  4. Purpose-Driven Construction: Every element in an intentionally designed playground serves a purpose, aligning with the specific needs and desires of the community it serves. This could be reflected in case studies of playgrounds built with a clear, community-driven purpose.
Whitikau Reserve, focus on local heritage to increase community engagement.

Benefits of Intentional Design

  1. Enhanced Community Outcomes: Intentional design does more than beautify a space; it transforms it into an important part of the community. These playgrounds become well-used and appreciated extensions of the community, reflecting the collective values and aspirations.
  2. Reflecting Community Voice: A key benefit of intentional design is its ability to incorporate community feedback into the playground’s design, ensuring that the space truly resonates with its users.
  3. Maximizing Play Value: Intentionally designed playgrounds offer a richness of play, learning, and social opportunities, maximising the play value and ensuring a diverse range of experiences for all users.


The philosophy of intentional design in playgrounds is about crafting spaces that are more than the sum of their parts. It’s an invitation to consider these principles in your future playground projects to create spaces that truly reflect the heart and soul of your community.

Give us a call at 0800 000 334 or e-mail, and our team will guide you to design and build the playground you wish.


Understanding playground compliance

Ensuring the safety and compliance of playgrounds is essential to getting your project approved and
avoiding any surprises along the way, such as not having a sign-off for children to play.
In this article, we will cover the main topics about safety and compliance that you need to be aware
of when building a playground.

General Safety Requirements

First, you need to understand the age you are catering your playground for. Having that in mind, when you engage with a playground company, it will be easier to collaborate and ensure your space can comply with the features you want.

Following the NZS 5828:2015, or knowing the basics of these standards, will help you determine whether you can build everything in your play wish list.

Materials and Construction

The longevity and safety of playground equipment are proportional to the right materials and construction methods used.

Consider where your playground is being built and the purpose you have with it. If you are building a nature playground, make sure you use timber sourced from legal areas also, it will not split or could pose a danger to the user’s health.

These guidelines ensure that playgrounds are fun but also durable and safe.

Installation and Anchorage

Secure installation and anchorage are critical to prevent playground equipment from tipping or moving. The standard provides detailed instructions on anchoring equipment, considering factors like soil type and equipment height.

Each playground has specifics, so engaging experts when choosing your playground equipment is crucial. This step is essential for the stability and safety of the playground.

Safety for Specific Equipment Types

Each type of playground equipment, from swings to slides, has unique safety requirements. The standard addresses these with specific guidelines, such as minimum guardrail heights and safe ladder designs. For example, to ensure a tower is compliant and safe, it must be enclosed if it is higher than 3m.

Slides and Swings with guardrails, enough surface area for fall, and we will cover in the next topic, safety surfacing is essential.

Playground Surfacing

Impact-absorbing surfacing is crucial for reducing injury risk. The standard details the required surfacing materials, like rubber or sand, and their necessary depths based on equipment height.

This is one of the most essential parts of your playground project and will help you determine if costs will be higher or lower than your actual budget.

Wet-pour rubber surfacing can have a shockpad layer that can be adjusted depending on the height of playground equipment. Other cheaper options include sand or wood chips. However, their maintenance costs are higher, and they can fail tests if poorly maintained.

It is also essential to ensure that if you have a bike track in your play area, safety surfacing is required when the track is made of concrete or asphalt.


Ensuring playground safety is a critical responsibility. By adhering to the NZS 5828:2015 standards, playground operators and builders in New Zealand can create spaces that are enjoyable and secure for children.

Understanding and implementing these guidelines is a significant step towards fostering safe and engaging play environments, reducing your costs and will help you understand the actual process of designing your space.

Do you still need to understand what you need for your next project? Give us a call at 0800 000 334 or e-mail, and our team will guide you to design and build the playground you wish.

How to build a learning-focused playground

We all know playgrounds are meant to be fun, thrilling, and challenging. They can also be a focused environment for all users. You can make a learning-focused playground in many ways, and in this article, we will cover what features you need to include in your space to foster learning!

The Essence of Learning-Focused Playgrounds

Learning-focused playgrounds are designed with a core philosophy: play is vital to learning and development. These playgrounds go beyond traditional play structures to include elements that stimulate children’s cognitive, sensory, and social development.

Key Features of Learning-Focused Playgrounds

  • Educational Play Equipment: Think beyond slides and swings. Include interactive panels, puzzles, and movable equipment that challenge children’s thinking and motor skills. These tools encourage exploration and problem-solving in an open-ended, creative way.
  • Sensory Elements: Incorporate tactile, auditory, and visual elements. Sensory play is inclusive and engages various senses. It helps brain development and problem-solving skills. Don’t forget about educational signage, an excellent tool for inclusive learning, integrating users of different abilities and backgrounds.
  • Nature Integration: Integrating natural elements like gardens, adventure playgrounds, and water features not only soothes but also educates about the environment. It’s a subtle yet powerful way to foster environmental awareness.

  • Inclusive Design: A playground should welcome everyone. Designing for inclusivity means considering people of all ages and abilities, and they can play and learn together, fostering a sense of community, and enhancing communication skills.
Managed risk is a key component of learing-focused playgrounds

Benefits of Learning-Focused Playgrounds

  • Cognitive Development: These playgrounds boost problem-solving skills and creativity. They offer a less structured form of learning, allowing children to explore and learn at their own pace.
  • Physical Growth: Features like monkey bars and obstacle courses present managed risks crucial for physical development. Risky play is shown to build resilience and improve problem-solving abilities.
  • Social Skills: Incorporate elements that encourage group play and teamwork. This not only enhances communication skills but also teaches empathy and cooperation.
  • Emotional Well-being: Play is a natural stress reliever. A well-designed playground can provide a safe space for emotional expression and development.
Cultural elements help children learn through play.

Learning-focused playgrounds are areas that set the grounds for the next generation. By investing in these spaces, communities and schools can significantly contribute to the holistic development of children. 

Embrace the concept of learning playgrounds and create spaces that are not just fun but also enriching and educational. Remember, a playground that combines fun with learning is a playground that shapes brighter futures. 


Let’s build these spaces together, call us on 0800 000 334 or send and email to and we can guide you through the whole process.

The importance of colour in playgrounds

When you first see a playground, the colours catch your eye. But these colours do more than make the space pretty—they play a crucial role in a child’s growth, mental well-being, and how the playground fits into its surroundings.

Let’s explore why the colour choice in playground design is so important and deserves your careful thought.

Colours at play

Colours do more than brighten up a playground; they’re like a quiet teacher for kids. The right colours can influence children’s learning and how they connect with those lessons.

When you pick the colours for a playground, you’re helping kids make sense of their world.

The importance of each colour

Every colour affects us in its own way, which is something to think about when you’re designing a place for kids to learn and play:

  • Red: It’s energetic and can spark creativity, but too much might be too intense for some kids.
  • Blue: It’s the colour of calm, making a busy playground feel like a peaceful spot, especially on hot days.
  • Yellow: It’s all about happiness and can help keep kids focused and full of creative ideas.
  • Orange: If you want an area full of energy and fun, orange is your colour.
  • Green: It reminds us of nature and gives a peaceful, refreshing feeling.
  • Purple: It’s calming and can help kids feel balanced and at ease.
  • Brown: It gives a sense of strength and stability, but it’s best to keep things interesting when mixed with brighter colours.
  • Off-White: It’s soft on the eyes and good for concentration without the risk of overstimulation that comes with brighter colours.

A Balanced Palette

Can a playground have too much colour? Yes, it can. Studies have found that too many colours or complex patterns can be overwhelming and might even make some kids anxious.

It’s essential to strike a balance right for the play area and the kids who use it. Balancing the colours in your space can foster engaging learning and avoid sensorial issues.

Check out our surface colour mixer.

Big areas can use natural elements for a childcare playground.

Colours and shapes together

When you combine colours with shapes, you do more than make the playground look nice. You create an even better place for learning. This combo helps kids recognise and learn about different shapes and colours while they play.

The Full Picture

Choosing the right colours for a playground is much more than style. It’s a big part of how kids develop their brains, handle feelings, and stay safe.

Colours can also encourage kids to play together and feel like they belong, which is important for any community space.

Why We Love Colorful Playgrounds

Choosing colours for playgrounds isn’t just about making something look good. It’s about designing a place that helps kids learn, get involved, and have fun. Colours are key—they turn a simple play area into a place full of life and excitement.

Ready to take the next step? Feel free to give us a call on 0800 000 334 or book an ideas session below.

Cass Square

Cass Square

The cool little playground.

Westland District Council
Circa budget:

Welcome to the Cass Square Playground! We’re excited to transform this space in a destination for fun and learning!

It’s not just about new swings and slides—it’s about building a place where memories are made right here in the heart of Hokitika.

This is a collaborative project where our design team will work directly with Westland District Council and the community to create a unique playground that connects with its people.

The Vision

We’re imagining a playground that feels like a natural part of the community. A place for fun, and people of all ages can find something to enjoy. It’s about blending the fun of play with the beauty of our local park. 

The Plan

  • Swings for the little ones and the young at heart.
  • A dynamic rope area for amazing adventures.
  • Mounds with tunnels for the explorers.
  • Sheltered spots for the parents and for a deserved rest.
  • Greenery and pathways make the space inviting.

Design Approach

  • Local Connection: We’re infusing the playground with the essence of Hokitika.
  • Diverse Play: We’re creating spots for active, imaginative, and relaxed play. Features like sensory play and an exciting flying fox.
  • Comfort in Mind: We’re choosing durable, comfortable materials for everyone to enjoy. 
  • In Tune with Nature: The design will complement the park’s natural beauty.


Creo’s Commitment

  • Made in New Zealand: Our equipment is proudly made in New Zealand, showcasing local expertise.
  • Award Winning Quality: We’re creating safe, durable play spaces that stand the test of time.
  • Sustainable Materials: We use recycled materials, like rubber for safe landings, to protect our environment.
  • Fun for Everyone: We’re dedicated to making sure there’s something for everyone, no matter their ability.

Creative Highlights

Drawing inspiration from Hokitika’s wild landscapes, we’re designing a playground that’s as much a part of nature as it is a hub of activity, with wooden structures and elements that echo the local scenery.


What to Expect

  • Swings that offer a sense of freedom, musical instruments for play, and elements that reflect our heritage.
  • Accessible equipment so everyone can join in the fun.
  • Climbing structures that invite kids to reach new heights reminiscent of Hokitika’s natural wonders and historic architecture.

This is just the beginning. As we roll out the project, we’ll share updates on the progress and milestones. Keep an eye out for the latest news and get ready to join in the fun at Cass Square.

We’re excited to bring this vision to life, creating a space where every visit is a new opportunity to play, relax, and connect. See you at Cass Square!

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If you’d like more information or to discuss a new project, get in touch today

Common playground equipment issues and how to prevent them

If you want to know the common issues with playground equipment, you came to the right place. Playgrounds should be where fun never stops, but sometimes, equipment problems can get in the way.

To keep good times safe, knowing about these hiccups and how to avoid them is important. In this article, we will cover the common issues with playgrounds and how you can solve them.

The Right Fit for Your Playground

It’s a common issue to pick out playground equipment that doesn’t quite fit — too large for the area or too small for the community’s needs can lead to safety and usability issues.

Getting It Just Right

The trick is to talk with experts. Playground designers and builders look at the space you’ve got and start a collaborative journey with you—not too big, not too small, and just the fun your neighbourhood is looking for.

Making Playgrounds Last

The wrong materials can make playgrounds wear out fast or become unsafe when the weather hits hard. It is important to consider if your space might be prone to be too wet or even too hot.

By engaging with playground experts, they will be recommending materials that are durable, weather-resistant, and compliant with safety standards, ensuring the playground withstands the test of time and use.

Anticipating and Managing High Traffic

Playgrounds can be areas of high user engagement, mainly when designed with intent and meaning, which is excellent! If you don’t plan for many users playing day in and day out, things might break down sooner than you think.

Expert analysis includes estimating the level of use and selecting equipment designed for durability. This foresight is crucial for maintaining a safe and inviting playground environment over time.

See our full equipment range.

Compliance with Safety Standards

Playground safety isn’t just a bunch of rules—it’s about keeping kids out of harm’s way. Ignoring safety standards is a risk no one should take.

Regular inspections and adherence to safety protocols by experts are indispensable practices that ensure every playground component meets necessary safety benchmarks.

Expertise Makes Playgrounds Better

Addressing common playground equipment challenges is a task best overseen with expert knowledge. It’s about creating a space that endures daily play’s rigours without compromising safety or enjoyment.

With professional input, playgrounds can be more than play areas — they can be well-oiled machines for fun, growth, and community building.

Ready to take the next step? Feel free to give us a call on 0800 000 334 or book an ideas session below.

5 Signs you need a playground upgrade

Simple equipment can have great play value, kids can climb, and invent other games with it.

Think about your local playground. It’s more than swings and slides. It’s where friendships are made and adventures start. But playgrounds are about more than fun; they’re crucial for children’s growth and bringing communities closer.

As we learn more about how children play and grow, our playgrounds need to keep up, becoming places where every child feels welcome and eager to explore.

In this article, we will cover the main signs your playground needs an upgrade and why they are vital signs you need to be aware of.

#1 Safety

Playgrounds in 2023 are all about safety. And when we mention safety, it is not the same as managed risk. It is the actual safe of equipment or surfaces that users engage with. That old metal slide? It might have seen better days. Chipped paint, rust, and wobbly steps are more than eyesores—they’re hazards.

Safety surfacing is another big deal. It’s not just about cushioning falls; it’s about matching the surfacing needs to the critical fall height, too.

#2 Inclusivity

Imagine a playground where every child, no matter their ability, can join in the fun. That’s inclusivity, and it’s at the heart of modern play spaces.

Maybe your school or neighbourhood has changed, or some children can’t enjoy the playground like others.

Upgrading to an inclusive design isn’t just nice—it’s necessary. It’s about creating an environment where users of all ages and abilities can enjoy playtime and learning, fostering a better community.

Read more: Lorna Irene Playground Case Study

Inclusive Playgrounds Principles

Inclusive Playground SeeSaw
Lorna Irene, Inclusive Playground Upgrade. 2023 Playground of the Year.

#3 Playground Equipment

Playground designs are in the middle of a major makeover. It’s out with the old and in with the new—think bright colours, eco-friendly materials, and equipment that makes kids think while they play.

When a playground looks like something from a storybook, it invites users to invent their own stories, sparking growth and learning.

If your playground’s more ‘ho-hum’ than ‘wow’, it’s time for an upgrade that will bring back the buzz.

See our full equipment range.

Marae Modular Play Equipment Tower at Whitikau Reserve Playground
Whitikau Reserve, Opotiki District Council. A community story through play.

#4 User Engagement

Let’s face it: a quiet playground is a sign something’s not quite right. Today’s play spaces are designed to pull children out of their homes and classrooms and into the sunshine, with climbing walls, music-making equipment, and games that get the whole neighbourhood involved.

 If your playground is lonely, consider an upgrade that will make it the heart of the community again. Drawing people to play and learn is key to improving your space. 

Consider play features that cater for different ages and equipment with more play value, and talk to the children and other community members to check what they want. That will increase user engagement on your upgrade.

Learn more: What is Play Value?


#5 Compliance

Rules for playgrounds aren’t just red tape; they’re there to keep kids safe and happy. As new play options become available, your playground must stay in the game.

From the suitable surfacing for your swings to ensuring the seesaw is up to code, keeping your playground compliant means keeping it open and fun for everyone.


Spotting the signs for a playground upgrade is essential: look for wear and tear, listen for laughter (or the lack of it), and make sure everyone can join in. Upgrading your playground isn’t just a quick fix—it’s an investment in your community’s health, happiness, and future.

With a modern, inclusive design, your new playground will be where memories are made for years to come.

Ready to take the next step? Feel free to give us a call on 0800 000 334 or book an ideas session below.

The ultimate monkey bars guide

Monkey bars are a traditional feature of playgrounds worldwide, offering a blend of fun and physical development for children.
This guide will take you through the various types of monkey bars and their unique benefits for childhood development.

Traditional Straight Monkey Bars

Traditional straight monkey bars are the classic playground staple. Made of wood or metal, these parallel bars challenge children to swing from one end to the other, building upper body strength and coordination.

Geometric Monkey Bars

Geometric monkey bars transform the climbing experience with various shapes, such as hexagons and diamonds. They provide a unique challenge that promotes problem-solving and enhances motor skills.

Wavy Monkey Bars

The undulating shape of wavy monkey bars adds a layer of difficulty and fun, encouraging children to adapt their movements and develop agility as they navigate the waves.

Wave Monkey Bars

Spiral Monkey Bars

Spiral monkey bars introduce a playful twist to the traditional format, encouraging children to engage in imaginative play while they climb, twist, and turn.


Check our full equipment range

Spiral monkey bars

Ladder Monkey Bars

Ladder monkey bars offer a versatile climbing experience, allowing children to navigate both horizontally and vertically, which can help develop a diverse set of muscles and movements.

Dome Climbers

Dome climbers, with their dome-shaped structures, invite children to climb from all angles, promoting spatial awareness and balance.

Integrated Monkey Bars

Integrated monkey bars are essential for larger playground structures, often linking different play areas and adding excitement to obstacle courses.

Pull-Up Bars

Pull-up bars, typically higher and aimed at adults, are a great addition to any playground, encouraging strength training and active lifestyles for all family members.

Floating Monkey Bars

Floating monkey bars add an element of unpredictability to the playground, swinging or floating to provide an extra challenge for those traversing them.

Ring Traverse Bars

Ring traverse bars replace traditional bars with rings, offering a fun, gymnastic-like experience that requires a combination of strength, coordination, and momentum.

Ninja Warrior Monkey Bars

Obstacle courses inspire these complex structures and provide a rigorous challenge that tests agility, strength, and endurance.

Adjustable Monkey Bars

Adjustable monkey bars can be tailored in height and width, making them perfect for accommodating different age groups and skill levels, from preschoolers to older children.

Indoor Monkey Bars

Designed for indoor environments, these monkey bars ensure that play and development can continue regardless of the weather, with materials safe for indoor use.

The benefits of Monkey Bars

Monkey bars are not just a source of entertainment; they are a critical tool for children’s development. They encourage kids to take risks and learn from their attempts, fostering resilience and confidence. As children navigate the bars, they also learn to form relationships with their peers, sharing experiences and supporting one another in their playful endeavours.

Through engaging with monkey bars, children develop upper body strength, enhance their gross motor skills, and improve hand-eye coordination. These physical skills are essential for children’s overall development and have been linked to academic success later in life.

In essence, monkey bars are more than just a playground component; they are a foundational element in the growth journey, providing lessons and skills that extend far beyond the playground.

Ready to take the next step? Feel free to give us a call on 0800 000 334 or book an ideas session below.

How much does a natural playground cost?

Natural playgrounds are growing in our urban spaces as the connection between human and nature bring enormous benefits for mental and physical health.

 If you are planning of starting a new project for your space, we’ll walk you through the essentials of creating a natural playground and the financial aspects from start to finish.

What is a Natural Playground?

Natural playgrounds, often called nature or green playgrounds, are more than just play areas. They’re spaces full of natural elements – logs, boulders, sand, water, and plants. It’s a “jungle” where play, learning, and nature converge.

These playgrounds are sensory havens, versatile and ever-evolving, ensuring each visit is unique. The advantages? They’re countless! From fostering open-ended play propping up physical and emotional growth, to nurturing creativity and encouraging risk-taking, the benefits are fantastic.

Natural Playground Design

Designing a natural playground is one of the most exciting parts of your journey. It’s where your idea starts to take shape. Key to this is understanding the landscape and the narrative you wish to tell. Whether it’s an adventurous setting or a soothing green oasis, the landscape dictates the story. 

But how does it affect the cost? Consider the playground’s size, the extent of landscaping, and the integration of equipment with the natural setting. These elements significantly influence the budget. Before starting the design phase, consider going over these questions:

  • Do I need accessible pathways?
  • What age group is the playground catering to?
  • How many children should the space accommodate?
  • Is there a need for additional greenery, or can the existing landscape suffice?

Typically, such playgrounds can range anywhere from $400-1000 per m2, contingent on the size and complexity of the design. 

Flying foxes can be custom built and you don't need to reuse playground equipment.

Natural Playground Equipment

The essence of a natural playground lies in its equipment. While rocks and boulders are staples, eco-friendly equipment elevates the experience. Robinia logs, for instance, can be manufactured into swing sets, obstacle courses, and even monkey bars. When selecting equipment, two pivotal aspects to consider are:

  1. The target age group.
  2. The desired complexity of the equipment range.

The cost range for natural playground equipment ranges from $5,000-70,000. Custom-designed pieces can command even higher prices.

Flying foxes can be custom built and you don't need to reuse playground equipment.

Natural Playground Surfacing

Eco-friendly options like wood chips, sand, pea gravel, or mulchset are not only safe but also blend seamlessly with the natural aesthetic especially if you’re aiming for an inclusive pathway that retains the natural vibe.


Investing in a natural playground goes beyond just setting up a play area. It highlights the genuine advantages for children, promotes active learning, and underscores the mental well-being derived from urban green spaces.

Ready to take the next step? Feel free to give us a call on 0800 000 334 or book an ideas session below.

How to raise funds for your playground project

Getting your playground funding underway can be one of the most challenging tasks when starting a project. Having the space of your dreams can be time-consuming and costly.

The good thing is that New Zealand has many ways to raise funds for your playground, and we will cover them in this article.

1. Local Support

  • City: Local councils often have budgets to enhance public spaces, including schools and parks. By understanding their allocation process, you can identify potential funding opportunities.
  • Local Community Groups: These organisations occasionally offer grants for projects that benefit the local community. They can assist with specific costs or even equipment procurement.

2. National Support

  • National entities, from education departments to environmental agencies, sometimes introduce grants for projects that benefit the larger community. Staying informed about these can open significant funding channels.
    It is worth checking the guidelines for the Ministry of Education or other government agencies that can help you raise funds for your next playground project.
Teamwork and get funds for your playground project

3. Private Funders

  • Businesses: Both local businesses and bigger corporations can be helpful. They might provide financial support, sponsor parts of the project, or even volunteer services. You can secure the needed support if your project resonates with their values.
  • Individual Donors: Many philanthropic individuals are keen on contributing to projects that uplift the community or enhance educational spaces. Sharing your vision with them can lead to valuable partnerships.

4. Non-profit Organizations

  • NGOs can be potential allies, especially those focusing on education, community development, or green initiatives. Their expertise and connections can be invaluable in the funding journey. Usually, Not-for-profit organisations have relationships with other community partners that can support your playground project.

5. Community Fundraisers: Every Contribution Counts

  • Platforms like Kickstarter and traditional fundraising events can help gather funds. These methods also foster a sense of shared purpose and community involvement. Using online media for your project is valuable as social media is a public space where information is easily shared. Creating a website and compellingly telling our story can lead to great support.
  • Collaborative events with local businesses or donation drives can further enhance fundraising efforts. This is one of the oldest and the best ways to raise funds for any project. It is not different for a playground project. 

How to Secure Funding

  1. Identify the Right Funding Source
  • Research potential funders, understanding their priorities and past funding patterns. This will help tailor your approach effectively.
    When you approach the right type of organisation to fund your project, it can be easier to secure the funds. If your values and cause align with them, it can be helpful.
  1. Assemble a Diverse Team
  • Form a team with varied expertise, ensuring all aspects of the funding process, from proposal drafting to community engagement, are covered.
  1. Detailed Planning and Design
  • Clearly outline your project’s requirements. If you’re an educational institution, highlight the learning benefits. For public spaces, emphasise community benefits.
    Collaborating with experts can provide valuable insights and optimise designs to fit budgets. At Creo, we worked with dozens of schools and
  1. Craft a Persuasive Proposal
  • Your proposal should convey the project’s benefits, long-term impact, and relevance to the funder’s priorities.
  1. Engage with Stakeholders and Networking
  • Whether it’s parents for a school playground or residents for a public park, gather feedback and showcase this support in your proposal.
  • Building relationships with potential funders, attending relevant workshops, and leveraging existing connections can open more opportunities.
  1. Leverage Media Exposure
  • Local media can amplify your project’s visibility, drawing attention and potentially attracting more donors.

Check our latest Case Study from CPlay! A true community effort

Full Service Design and Build companies work with you from concept.

Extra Tips

  • Be Prepared: Organize all necessary documents and ensure clear communication among stakeholders.
  • Tailor Your Requests: Adapt your funding requests to resonate with each potential funder’s objectives. Taking your time and being clear in your messaging is essential when dealing with different potential funders.  It is crucial to align your values with the funder’s values.
  • Stay Aligned: Ensure your project’s goals align seamlessly with the mission of the organisations or individuals you approach.

Not Sure Where to Start?

  • Begin with potential funding organisations’ websites. Their FAQs can offer insights.
  • If you are still in doubt about reaching out to some groups, call them and ensure your doubts are answered.


Getting funds for a playground, whether for a school, community, or public space, requires effort, persistence, and a clear vision. Your dream playground can become a reality with the right approach and resources. All backed up by an expert team that will guide you through the process.

Ready to take the next step? Feel free to give us a call on 0800 000 334 or book an ideas session below.