Hold meetings or survey your community to find what they want to get out of the new playground.
If your playground is in a pet-friendly apartment complex or community park, include dog playground equipment to appeal to pet owners.
Start with a list of playground equipment to decide how many zones you will need. Passive play zones create enjoyable spaces for children who are more sensitive to stimuli or prefer quiet. The extra space also improves playground safety.
A survey by Keep America Beautiful found a 12 percent litter rate when trash cans were within 10 feet, but a 30 percent litter rate when trash cans were 30 feet or more away. General guidelines suggest placing waste receptacles every 25 feet.
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