Sensory Playgrounds: Why They Matter

Imagine a playground that goes beyond the traditional swings and slides to offer a multi-sensory experience for children.

Welcome to the world of sensory playgrounds! These specialised play areas are designed to stimulate all five senses—sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

Research indicates that sensory playgrounds provide children with crucial sensory, motor, and socioemotional experiences that are essential for their development.

Moreover, these playgrounds offer an inclusive environment, especially beneficial for children with disabilities.

How Sensory Playgrounds Stimulate Senses

These type of play spaces are not just about fun but also about learning. The various elements in these playgrounds are designed to engage children’s senses actively.

For instance, textured paths and surfaces can stimulate the sense of touch, while musical instruments like drums or chimes can engage the sense of hearing.

Studies show that a rich tapestry of experiences in sensory playgrounds can promote cognitive and physical development.

The Benefits of Sensory Play in Sensory Playgrounds

The benefits of sensory play are many, particularly for preschoolers and elementary school students.

Sensory playground activities help develop fine and gross motor skills, improve focus, and enhance cognitive abilitiesResearch also highlights that sensory play is integral to children’s emotional well-being.

Designing for Inclusivity

One of the most compelling aspects of sensory playgrounds is their potential for inclusivity. Traditional playgrounds often present barriers for children with disabilities, limiting their engagement in play.

On the other hand, sensory playgrounds can be designed to be accessible to all children. Studies offer evidence-based recommendations for designing inclusive spaces, such as considering the physical design and the surrounding built and social environments.

Equipment and Activities in Sensory Playgrounds

When it comes to sensory playgrounds, the sky’s the limit! The options are endless, from tactile walls with different textures to water play areas that engage multiple senses. Some other examples include:

  • Sensory Gardens: Plants of various textures and smells
  • Sound Stations: Different types of bells and chimes
  • Visual Boards: Boards with various colours and patterns

The Role of Colours, Patterns, and Textures in Sensory Playgrounds

Colours, patterns, and textures play a significant role in sensory play. Bright, contrasting colours can stimulate visual senses, while textures like rubber, sand, and grass offer a diverse tactile experience.

Patterns can also create visual interest and even aid in developing pattern recognition skills.

Safety First: Best Practices

Safety is paramount when designing any kind of playgrounds. The design should adhere to safety standards and regulations to ensure a secure environment for all children.

Research suggests that some of the best practices include considering entry points, surfacing and paths, and features that foster inclusive play.

Conclusion

Sensory playgrounds offer a unique and enriching experience for all children. They provide a fun and engaging environment and contribute significantly to children’s physical and cognitive development.

By incorporating elements that stimulate all senses and by adhering to safety and inclusivity guidelines, sensory spaces can genuinely be a haven for every child.

So, the next time you see a sensory playground, you’ll know it’s more than just a play area—it’s a developmental goldmine for children.

Have fun!

Landscape Architect, Equipment Company, Full Service: What’s the Best For My Playground?

So, you’re all set to build a playground. That’s fantastic! Now comes the crucial part: deciding who should bring your vision to life.

You’ve got three main options: Landscape Architect, Playground Equipment Company, and Full-Service Design and build Playground Company.

Let’s explore what each one offers so you can make an informed decision. 

Landscape Architects

How They Work: Landscape Architects are like the artists of the outdoor world. They’re great at painting a broad stroke, including design, nature, and play. 

But here’s the thing: They usually work on various projects, from general landscapes to streetscapes. Playgrounds are just one part of their portfolio. 

What They’re Great at 

Holistic Design: They can create a complete space, blending play areas with the natural environment. 

Community Engagement: Often, they’ll get the community involved, ensuring the space meets local needs. 

Sustainability: They’re usually big on using eco-friendly materials and native plants. They consider those ideas in a playground design. 

Read here how Natural Play is great for a playground design.

Something to Consider: While some landscape architects specialise in playgrounds, those are often the bigger, more expensive firms. So, if you’re looking for playground-specific expertise, you might need a heftier budget. 

When to Consider Them: If your playground is part of a larger project like a community park or educational campus, a Landscape Architect can provide the overarching vision.  

Playground Equipment Company

How They Work: Playground Equipment Companies are the go-to for all things play equipment. They’re usually focused on engineering and safety. 

Usually, they offer some design, but not for a whole project, where you might need a landscape architect and builders to work alongside the playground equipment company to bring a playground project to its full plan.  

What They’re Great At: 

Safety Compliance: They’re on top of all the safety guidelines, ensuring your playground is a haven for kids. 

Variety: They offer a wide range of equipment, which can often be customised to fit your specific needs. Most of the imported equipment is modular, so you can buy the bits and pieces and get only what you need for your space. 

Something to Consider: While some companies make bespoke equipment, most sell pre-set or modular equipment. So, your options might be limited if you want something unique. 

When to Consider Them: If you’re looking to upgrade an existing playground or already have a design in mind, these companies can provide the pieces to make it happen. 

Full-Service Design & Build Playground Company

How They Work: These companies are your one-stop shop. They take your initial idea and run it with their landscape architect, handling everything from design to installation. And the best part? They often manufacture their equipment, both custom-made and off-the-shelf items. 

What They’re Great at: 

 Streamlined Process: With one team doing it all, your project will likely stay on track and within budget. 

Consistency: Design & Build companies handle both design and construction. Therefore, your final project is more aligned with your initial vision. Add to that the fact that they manufacture their equipment, both bespoke and off-the-shelf items, meaning shorter lead times and local expertise. 

When to Consider Them: If you’re after a comprehensive solution that takes you from start to finish, a Full-Service Design and build Playground Company is probably your best bet. 

For more information on design and build companies, click here to read more.

Managed risk is a key component of learing-focused playgrounds

Wrapping It Up

So, where does this leave you? If you’re in the early stages and want a grand vision beyond just a playground, a Landscape Architect might be your go-to. 

But remember that specialised playground expertise is already included in the Design & Build company design. 

If you’re more focused on the equipment, a Playground Equipment Company has you covered, but be aware if their equipment is imported, support could be limited. 

Finally, if you want a local expert handling everything from A to Z, a Full-Service Design and build Playground Company is the way to go. 

They will include your design with a landscape architect, site managers, and project managers focused on bringing play spaces to life. 

By understanding the unique strengths and considerations of each type of company, you’re well on your way to creating not just a playground but a meaningful community space. 

 

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 Read our portfolio below if you want to know more and get inspired. Or if you are ready to decide, call us on 0800 000 334 or book a site visit.

 

6 Garden Ideas to Transform Your Playground

Today, we’re diving into simple yet creative ways to add a green touch to your school playground. The best part? These garden ideas do more than beautify—they make learning interactive and fun.

The World of Butterfly Gardens

Picture a lively scene with colourful butterflies flying around. You can create this mini-ecosystem in a sheltered corner of your playground.

Plant butterfly-friendly flowers like milkweed, asters, or daisies. It’s like having a living, flying science lesson on school grounds. Students can learn about biodiversity, life cycles, and the importance of each species in an ecosystem.

The Orchard Classroom

Have you ever thought about how fun it would be to grow your fruits in school? Create a small orchard with fruit trees, and let the students become young gardeners.

This hands-on experience teaches kids about soil quality, plant growth, and different organisms’ roles in nature.


A Scent-sational Idea

Moving on, consider adding an herb garden to your playground.

Plant herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary. This garden idea spices up science lessons and offers a practical side, too.

Students can learn about plant biology, explore the uses of different herbs, and even incorporate them into cooking classes.

An Outdoor Gallery

Why keep art confined to a classroom? Allocate a space in the playground where students can display their creations—drawings, sculptures, or mosaics.

The outdoor setting could inspire kids to explore different mediums and themes while appreciating nature’s beauty.

On the Trail: Let's Explore

What about turning a part of the playground into an exploration trail? Make a simple path and dot it with educational signs or fun challenges.

This turns a simple walk into an adventure, keeping students engaged as they move from one learning station to another.

Bring in the Bird Feeders

Lastly, consider installing bird feeders in the garden area. This adds a whole new layer to the outdoor learning experience.

Students can observe different bird species up close, learning about their habits and roles in the ecosystem.

Green Learning is Fun Learning

So, we’ve gone through six easy garden ideas to make your school playground pretty and educational.

Each idea serves as an interactive learning station where children can touch, see, and experience the lesson.

It’s time to roll up those sleeves and make learning a hands-on adventure!

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Aorangi School

Small design items can be great in thematic playground design, such as this native bird.

Aorangi School

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A play space for Tamariki to play with culture and learn with fun.

Client:
Aorangi School
Location:
Rotorua
Circa budget:
$275,000

A School with a Heart

Aorangi School is more than just a place for learning; it’s a community haven in Western Heights, Rotorua, dedicated to empowering its 140 students. Its mission is Empowering, Encouraging, and Engaging everyone to Personal Excellence. But for Principal Kairo McLean, one thing was missing: a culturally reflective, therapeutic, and engaging play space.

The Search for the Perfect Partner: Why Creo?

Principal McLean knew that a traditional playground would not cut it. The school wanted a play space that engaged students, reflected their cultural heritage, and supported their emotional well-being. That’s when Creo was brought into the picture to collaborate with this fantastic project.

Wet pour rubber provides safety as well as good aesthetics for your space.

The Importance of Personal Engagement

For McLean, the decision to go with a design and build firm was easy. The two-year relationship with a dedicated consultant at Creo ensured a smooth, personalised experience that allowed Aorangi School to realise their dream playground.

When asked what stood out about Creo, McLean said, “They made everything our students wanted possible.” This willingness to adapt and incorporate the school’s unique requirements sealed the deal.

"They made everything our students wanted possible."

The Transformation: When Dreams Become Reality

When the construction began, McLean knew they had made the right choice. Creo’s professionalism and easy-to-work-with nature reassured the school that their vision was becoming a reality.

The result is a playground that fits Aorangi School’s unique needs. From enabling students to regulate their emotions to imaginative play, the play space is deeply embedded in the school’s values. It even features culturally significant figures like their Kaitiaki, the Kārearea Falcon.

With its new play space, Aorangi School takes a giant leap towards holistic, quality education that doesn’t just teach but empowers. The play space is not merely a place for fun—it’s a cultural emblem, a therapeutic tool, and an embodiment of the school’s high standards for student well-being.

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Kristin School Senior

Kristin School Senior

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A gathering, fun space for the children at Kristin School

Client:
Kristin School Senior
Location:
Albany, Auckland
Circa Budget:
$500,000

When Opportunity Knocked

When Kristin School in Auckland had to remove a playground due to the construction of a new bus bay, they found themselves at a crossroads. Creo has worked with them previously, so we were ready to get the fun back to the school with a new playground opportunity.  “Our experience with Creo has been very positive,” said the school’s Director of Business Services, Nigel Wilkinson.

 

A Visionary Approach

Kristin School wanted more than just a playground; they aspired to create a unique space. “This was a new project where we wanted playground equipment as well,” Nigel pointed out. Creo didn’t disappoint. “We approached Creo, and they were able to give us some really good designs very promptly and also a virtual tour of what it would look like. All those things helped us imagine what we could do in this area,” he shared.

 

 

The Urban Landscape: A New Concept

Creo introduced the idea of an “urban landscape,” a concept that initially puzzled the school team. “We didn’t understand what benefits that might bring,” Nigel admitted. However, the results were beyond expectations. “What we’ve found now that the playground’s in place is that it’s become a social gathering space for students. It’s much more populated now than it was before.”

 

"We approached Creo, and they were able to give us some really good designs very promptly and also a virtual tour of what it would look like. All those things helped us imagine what we could do in this area"

A Bustling Community Space

“People gathering, talking, using the equipment periodically, and then stepping back and just joining with their friends,” Nigel described the new atmosphere. “And it’s now become one of the busiest places on the campus.” The playground isn’t just a place for play; it’s a vibrant community hub. “You just have to look at the playground at lunchtime and the use it’s getting and the fun and the excitement and the voices of the students to know it’s been a really worthwhile investment,” he concluded.

The Immediate Impact

“Since the day we opened, we’ve had staff, students and just about everybody wanting to have a go at some of the equipment in the playground,” Nigel said, capturing the essence of the playground’s appeal. “It’s safe, exciting and challenging. And those are all the sorts of things year seven and eight students want.”

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Shotover Grove Reserve

Shotover Grove Reserve

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Shotover Grove Reserve Playground

Client:
Kapiti Coast District Council
Location:
Kapiti Coast
Circa budget:
$245,000

Challenge
To rebuild and revitalise the Shotover Grove Reserve playground, catering to an older community to engage with their family while promoting a sense of gathering.

The goal was to downsize the playground area and prioritise a larger community gathering space, offering a unique play experience.

Solution
Creo partnered with the council to deliver an innovative design, presenting a fresh perspective on playgrounds. The design considerations included:

  • A custom-built tower as a centrepiece, complemented by a slide.
  • A scooter track, ensuring easy access for all.
  • Distinctive play elements like log jams and Robinia swings, all custom-built by Creo’s team.

The space was envisioned as a hub for living music, capturing the essence of community gathering. Emphasising inclusivity, the playground was designed to be welcoming for both grandparents and their grandchildren.

It also featured two open spaces dedicated to unprescribed play, ensuring ample room for imaginative activities.

Outcome
Creo delivered a stunning natural play playground that went beyond traditional design norms. The transformed Shotover Grove Reserve now stands as a beacon for community interaction, merging play and gathering in a harmonious blend.

It’s not just a playground but a cherished space where multiple generations can bond and create memories together.

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Whitikau Reserve Playground

Waka at the Whitikau Reserve Playground

Whitikau Reserve Playground

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Whitikau Reserve Playground, a destination space for the town.

Client:
Opotiki District Council
Location:
Opotiki
Circa budget:
$450,000
Transforming Wasteland into a Destination Space

Turning unused land into a thriving community space is no small feat. In Opotiki Township, the Whitikau Reserve Playground has become a symbol of community revitalization and cultural celebration. “It’s about more than just play; it’s about our community’s identity,” says Garry Page, the reserves manager with the Opotiki District Council.

With a skate park and a large green area around it, Whitikau Reserve needed a destination playground to make the area inviting for the whole community. 

Listening to the Community

The playground wasn’t designed in a boardroom. Local children were invited to share their ideas and what they wanted in the playground. “We wanted the playground to reflect our community,” Page explains. “Creo helped us incorporate the Two Rivers theme, something unique to Opotiki.”

The final result is a playground that’s become a destination at the Whitikau Reserve. “The children’s joy says it all,” Page says. “Creo’s design and the locally crafted equipment have made this place special.”

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Featuring Locally Crafted Equipment

Creo’s commitment to quality and authenticity extended to crafting the playground’s equipment in our workshop. This hands-on approach ensured that every element, from the logo in the rubber surfacing to the play equipment, was perfectly aligned with the community’s identity.

Local Culture Representation

The implementation of the local culture is vital for the playground. We designed and built a Marae tower and a waka for the children. Inclusivity was also considered when designing the play space at Whitikau Reserve Playground. Th et-pour rubber surfacing is fully accessible, and the waka has space for children of all abilities to play.

"The children's joy says it all."

On-time and Budget

Being a complete design and build company, Creo’s commitment to the project timeline and budget was commendable. We finished two weeks ahead of schedule and within the allocated funds. “Creo came in both within budget and ahead of time. That went down very well with us here,” Page affirms. This efficiency allowed extra time for finishing touches, ensuring everything was perfect for the official opening.

Reflecting on the Success of Whitikau Reserve Playground

This project is a success story of collaboration, innovation, and community engagement. “Everything Creo said it would deliver, we see out here being delivered,” Page concludes. It’s a testament to what can happen when a community and a company like Creo come together with a shared vision.

The Whitikau Reserve Playground is more than swings and slides. It’s a story of a community coming together to create something meaningful and lasting. It’s a legacy that will continue to bring fun and engagement to Opotiki.

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How to build a playground in 2023 Guide

Our latest guide is out, and it’s ready for you to dive into all the information we’ve gathered for your next project. So, if you’re just starting your journey on how to build a playground for your area, or if you’re ready to hit the start button on your project and want to gather a few more details, this guide is perfect for you!

Options for Building a Playground

When it comes to playground design, you can choose between three main options: the Full-service Playground Builder Option, the Multi-Company Option, or the ‘No Design’ Option. Each has its unique qualities and considerations, and you can check them fully in our guide.

How Much Does a Playground Cost?

Building a playground is like buying a house; the playground cost depends on various factors. Costs for school, early learning centre, and council playgrounds are provided, along with considerations for budgeting design, equipment, surfacing, and site preparation. The costs can range from $450 to $1100 per m2, depending on the type of playground and equipment you require for your space.

Design Budget
  • Community Consultation: Including a process to gather ideas from the community ensures the playground meets local needs but may increase time and cost.
  • Number of Concept Designs: Deciding whether to have multiple concept designs or just one affects the cost; more designs will be more expensive.
  • Incorporation of Cultural or Local Themes: Adding cultural or local themes can enhance the design and increase the cost due to complexity.
  • Working with a Single Company for Design and Construction: Choosing one company for both design and construction can reduce overhead costs, potentially making the project less expensive.
You can read more about the design budget by clicking here.
 
Play Equipment Budget
  • Reuse of Existing Equipment: If current equipment is in good condition, reconfiguring or reusing it can save part of the budget.
  • Play Types Needed: Consider the types of play (e.g., sliding, swinging, climbing) you want in the space, as this will affect the design.
  • Equipment Lead Times: Long lead times on equipment can impact the project’s timely completion and may affect costs.
  • Hidden Installation Costs: Consider hidden costs like freight and installation of equipment.
  • Maintenance Costs: Account for ongoing maintenance costs, including surfacing, equipment, and landscaping.
  • Off-the-Shelf vs. Customized Equipment: Choosing between ready-made or customized equipment will impact lead times and cost.
  • Material Choices: The materials used (e.g., plastic, metal, wood) will significantly affect the cost of the playground.
  • Shade Installation: Shade sails may be necessary for sun-exposed areas, adding extra cost.
  • Outdoor Furniture Requirements: Consider if seating or other outdoor furniture is needed for those supervising children in the playground.

You can read more about the play equipment budget by clicking here.

Surfacing Budget
  • Fall Height of Equipment: Higher equipment may require more spending on safety surfacing to ensure safety.
  • Existing Surface Condition: If the existing surface needs clearing, demolition, or drainage work, it will increase the project’s cost.
  • Inclusivity and Accessibility: Consider whether the playground needs to be wheelchair accessible, as some low-cost surface options may not be suitable.
  • Ongoing Surfacing Maintenance: Different surfaces require varying maintenance levels; for example, wood chips need annual topping up, while wet pour rubber requires little maintenance.
  • Impact of Loose Safety Surface: Consider whether loose material spilling out will affect adjacent areas’ usability.
  • Inclusion of Surface Mounds and Topography Play: Only specific surface options allow for this level of design complexity.
  • Themed Surface Design: Adding a theme to the surface design will increase the cost.
  • Landscaping Surrounding Area: Including garden areas adds character and increases cost.

You can read more about the surfacing budget by clicking here. Also, check our surfacing page for more details on surfacing by clicking here.

Site Preparation Budget
  • Removal of Existing Equipment and Surfacing: Consider whether any existing elements need to be removed or disposed of, as this can affect the project’s timeline and cost.
  • Drainage Issues: Addressing existing drainage problems is essential to prevent future issues and may add to the cost.
  • Retaining Walls: Assess whether retaining walls need to be replaced or built, as this can impact the project’s complexity.
  • Existing Trees and Roots: Working around or removing trees and roots may require special consideration and can affect the design and cost.
  • Underground Services: Be aware of any water, gas, or power lines under the space that may need to be worked around.
  • Access for Trucks and Equipment: Ensure the space is accessible for construction vehicles, as limited access may complicate the construction process.
  • Pedestrian Traffic: Consider how pedestrian traffic will be managed during construction, especially if the site is busy.
  • Project Staging: Decide whether the project will be completed in stages or all at once, as this can affect the timeline and coordination of the project.

You can read more about the surfacing budget by clicking here.

Remember, to build your playground is always important to separate your project into three parts! Read more by downloading our guide.

Choosing the Right Type of Playground

Desired Aesthetic

The aesthetic of a playground depends on the materials used. Striking the right balance between plastic, rubber, metal, wood, and natural fibres is essential.

Level of Inclusion & Accessibility

Creating a fully inclusive and accessible playground requires consideration of equipment, materials, sensory elements, and smooth safety surfacing. Read all about inclusive playground design by clicking here.

Age Range Catered For

Designing for different age groups requires careful consideration of equipment size, expense, and additional features like seating for supervising adults.

Level of Custom Design

Building a playground can be about creating a community space. Incorporating cultural reference points and unique touches adds value.

Range of Play Types

Consider the children using the playground and the types of play they require. Different play types like swinging, climbing, and balancing must be considered.

Valuable insights and guidance. Whether you’re a school, early childhood centre, or public space, the principles outlined here can help you create a playground that meets the needs of your community.

Which Playground Companies are Best?

Playground Designers, Equipment Suppliers, and Surfacing Suppliers

When building a playground, you may work with different companies for design, equipment, and surfaces. Creo offers a full-service option, providing all these services under one roof. They share five reasons why they decided to become a Full-service Playground Builder and include testimonials from recent customers.

What's the Best Way to Build a Playground?

  1. Site Mapping with Drone and 3D Scan Technology: The process begins with an on-site meeting to discuss ideas, budgets, and needs. Drone technology is then used to take 3D shots, mapping out the entire space.
  2. Concept Design: Sketches of one or two play space options are created for discussion, leading to a final plan and budget.
  3. Detailed Design and 3D Render: The design details are drawn, and a walkthrough 3D render is presented, showing how the site will be constructed.
  4. Equipment Procurement and Manufacturing: Necessary materials are gathered and manufactured, and preplanning is done to ensure smooth construction.
  5. Site Preparation: The first stage of construction involves excavation and readying the site levels.
  6. Construction: Paths, structures, and other items are created, transforming the space from a grey construction site into a bright, usable area.
  7. Finishing: The project is completed with sanding, planting, and installing final items.
Want to know how to choose the right type for you? Click here to learn more.
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Common Mistakes When You Build a Playground

  • Mistake #1: Overlooking User Experience

    • Consider shelter, seating, shade, surfacing temperature, and slide orientation to avoid safety issues or discomfort.
  • Mistake #2: Unclear Budget

    • Agree on a budget early to avoid issues like compromising quality and safety. Consider costs like site setup, demolition, retaining walls, drainage, shade installation, landscaping, and cleaning.
  • Mistake #3: Non-compliance Issues

    • Always follow guidelines and standards like NZS 5828:2015, ensuring sufficient safety surfacing, spacing between equipment, and avoiding potential entrapments.
  • Mistake #4: Overlooking Inclusive Equipment

    • Decide early if the play space needs to be accessible for all abilities and plan the budget accordingly.
  • Mistake #5: Lack of Flow and Connection

    • Ensure a sense of flow and connection between different elements, considering site lines, equipment arrangement, entry and exit points, equipment spacing, and positioning of potentially dangerous elements.
  • Mistake #6: Overemphasis on Aesthetics

    • Balance aesthetics with play value, ensuring the budget is allocated to maximize fun and excitement rather than non-playable features
In this blog post, we go deeper into how to work around these mistakes.

Thoughts on how to build a playground

This guide is your handbook to go from idea to execution with Creo. We wanted to be thorough so your decision to push start your playground design and build project is more manageable and smoother. 

Read our portfolio below if you want to know more and get inspired. Or if you are ready to decide, call us on 0800 000 334 or book a site visit.

Creo and “Sustainable Fun” are turning waste into play

At Creo, we believe in the power of innovation, sustainability, and fun. That is why we are excited to announce our partnership with the innovative “Sustainable Fun for Everyone!”. 

This collaboration is a landmark step in our ongoing commitment to the principles of the circular economy and our mission to create joyful, sustainable playgrounds across New Zealand.

"Sustainable Fun for Everyone!"

Sustainable Fun for Everyone is a unique initiative focused on turning waste rubber into fun and accessible playground surfaces for Kiwi kids. 

By recycling rubber that would otherwise end up in landfills, we’re transforming waste into something beautiful and functional.

The process involves:

  • Collection and Conversion of Waste Rubber: Collected rubber is granulated and turned into usable rubber granules that we pour onto our playgrounds.
  • Collaboration and Innovation: Together with partners like NumatAGRI, we are finding new purposes for recycled materials.
  • Creating Accessible Playgrounds: We ensure that the playgrounds are accessible to all children.

Creo’s Commitment to the Circular Economy

The rubber surfaces created through this process are also highly durable. At the end of life, that rubber can be reused for new playgrounds, truly embracing a circular economy where resources are continually reused and recycled.

The First Success: CPlay Destination Playground

Creo is incredibly excited about the CPlay destination playground in Timaru, where our team recovered the old rubber surfacing installed 28 years ago, processed it at the Numat recycling plant in Oamaru, and re-applied it on the playground. 

If you haven’t read the full story, click here to read it.

Numat marketing manager Jon Coursey, left, Francine Spencer, centre, and CPlay volunteer Roselyn Fauth at Timaru’s under construction CPlay showing the recycled rubber matting for the playground. (Courtesy of Aiman Amerul Muner/ Stuff)

A New Chapter in New Zealand’s Circular Economy

This partnership reflects a broader movement toward the circular economy in New Zealand. By recycling and reusing rubber for playgrounds, we’re reducing waste and cutting down on the need for imported rubber.

Creo is at the forefront of this transformative initiative. We believe we can make playgrounds more sustainable and enjoyable for all children through collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to the circular economy.