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Customizing a Playground Theme with a Playground Partner

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Let’s build a playground!

If you’re looking to create a fun and exciting new play space for your school or community, you may not be sure where to start when it comes to choosing a theme. Or, perhaps you’ve heard of playground companies that can help bring your ideas to life, but it hasn’t been easy to find the right one. We’ve gathered some tips on how you can create the perfect playground design based on an existing theme – or customize your own with Midstates Recreation!

Work with the right playground company.

When it comes to choosing a playground company, you want a partner that can help you bring your school or community’s dream playground to life! However, if a contractor doesn’t have the experience or resources to deliver on your vision, they might not be able to build the perfect play structure for you.

Also, a playground company should carry a top-notch reputation within its industry and the community. When it comes down to it, this is one investment that needs to be done right the first time!


Consider theme-based playground equipment.

Theme-based play spaces will help children stay engaged while encouraging them to explore their social, cognitive, and physical skills. For example, if the theme is “Space and Planets”, you could incorporate educational information about outer space into your playground design. Including custom elements like telescopes or even small rockets kids can climb on and play with would be extra fun! And when you build playground structures with inclusive areas, it encourages children of all abilities to play and grow together.

Choose from selection of themes.

If you’re looking for a theme that will suit the needs of the children who will enjoy the playground, there are a wide variety of themes available. When choosing a theme, consider what you and the playground’s users will enjoy most. For example, if you want to encourage creativity in the kids who use the playground, an imagination-based theme might be perfect! Consider the location of the playground. Is it outside a museum, sports facility, or public space with a specific theme to tie into the play area?


Create a custom theme.

If you have a specific theme in mind, we can help you bring your unique ideas to life with a custom playground theme. No idea is too small when it comes to creating a successful playground build. Even if you’ve never considered the idea of a theme, we can help. Themed playgrounds are one of our favorite things to dream up! With the right equipment and design, we’ll give the kids in your school or community a play space they will enjoy and remember for years to come.


Start dreaming of your new playground!

If you’re looking to create a themed playground for your community, Midstates Recreation is ready to help. We have years of experience designing fun and engaging playground equipment that will be perfect for your school or community. Contact us today and share with us your favorite theme idea!

Midstates Recreation designs, supplies, and builds community-enhancing recreational play and site structures. Midstates Recreation offers a variety of playground equipment in communities located in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Our emphasis is not only to create play and recreation spaces for all but also to provide a truly valuable and inclusive addition to your community! Contact your local sales representative to learn more.

Start Planning Your New Playground Build

Start Planning Your New Playground Build

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Your organization has decided to build a new playground—that’s wonderful news! Midstates Recreation is here to bring your vision to life from start to finish—and we think you’ll be blown away by the possibilities!

The first step in the planning process is to outline your goals for the playground itself. Building a new playground for your park, community center, child care center, commercial campus, or school is a multi-step process involving many factors along the way. You’ll need to consider aesthetic options, as well as logistics, accessibility needs, available space, your budget, and your desired timeline.

Most importantly, consider the children and supervisors who will be using the playground and consider make it accessible to all. Playgrounds have evolved immensely throughout the years, and Midstates Recreation has some pointers for sparking the conversation around your innovative new playground build!

Looking for a creativity boost? Check out our free guide for more inspiration: Top 10 Most Innovative and Exciting Playground Designs in 2021-2022.

New Playground Build Timeline & Budget

Not unlike any other build-to-suit project, playgrounds take time to build. This helps ensure your playground build is up to code, safe, and meets the needs of the people you serve. We will work closely with you to determine an estimated working timeframe that fits your schedule. If your goal is to open the playground or park in spring, summer, or fall before school starts, we’ll collaborate with you to determine a timeline that will meet your goals and deliver what you envision for the space.

At Midstates Recreation, we know budget requirements are important. While a number of factors influence the decisions you’ll make for the playground, the budget is likely to create an outline for what is realistic for your project. We’ll work together to select the type and size of equipment that best serves users, all while staying within your budget.

Develop Your Playground Plans

One of the most fun and exciting steps of the process is planning your playground design. Do you picture a bright, eye-catching playground using bold colors? Or, perhaps a structure that blends well with the surrounding landscape? Some playgrounds showcase innovative design, while others follow a theme such as nature, castles, or even music!

Do you envision a rectangular playground or one that is more organically shaped or free flowing? Depending on where your playground will be located, you may need to consider the materials you’d like to use. The experts at Midstates Recreation will work with your team every step of the way. From brainstorming design ideas and choosing product components, to final installation day, we want to exceed your expectations of what a playground can be! We’ll walk with you through each step and always keep you informed.

Who Will Use Your Playground?

When choosing playground equipment for your new build, it’s important to remember who exactly will be using the space. Midstates Recreation is passionate about creating inclusive environments everyone can use and enjoy, and can guide you in choosing the right components to serve children of all abilities.

Also, will you include equipment such as slides, towers, or bridges? What about other sensory and skill-building activities, like the Scavenger Hunt or Tic-Tac-Toe Panel? You may even consider adding an exercise area for kids, and their adult chaperones, so everyone can get in on some fun and fitness! Our team of professionals will discuss all your options, including site amenities like benches, tables, trash receptacles, and shade structures you may like to incorporate.

Ready to get the playground conversation started? Contact us and let’s get started on your project today!

Midstates Recreation designs, supplies, and builds community-enhancing recreational play and site structures. We offer a variety of playground equipment options in communities throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Our emphasis is to not only create play and recreation spaces for all, but also to provide a truly valuable, positive, and inclusive resource for your community! Contact your local Midstates Recreation sales representative to learn more.