Playground planning part 3: Site analysis

One of the most critical parts of your planning process is your site analysis. This will be the time to examine your site carefully and determine what type of preparation will be required. Some important things to investigate are listed below.

  1. The slope: will the site drain properly, or will there need to be some grading?

  2. The soil type: some types retain water more easily, while others are inherently less stable.

  3. Vegetation: nearby trees can provide shade, but root systems can cause problems.

  4. Typical weather conditions: can the equipment be oriented away from the sun, and/or sheltered from wind?

  5. What’s underneath: no one wants to hit a utility line!

  6. What’s nearby: if you can locate near restrooms or other amenities, that can make your space more appealing.