Designing a playground that delivers lasting fun involves more than the addition of a few swings and slides. Playground construction for use and safety encompasses a range of considerations. At American Asphalt, we’ve successfully installed hundreds of playgrounds at commercial and residential complexes, regional parks and schools, meeting local and state requirements for safety and access. Our experienced team is here to help you create the ideal playground setting, attracting families and inspiring physical activity with these playground design tips.
Carefully Place Playground Equipment and Pathways
Children do not naturally move in straight lines, making the flow of your new or revamped space essential to achieving well-connected play areas that are safe to travel. Our playground design pros know good design gives children different directions to explore. It also reduces traffic jams and keeps kids out of high-collision areas surrounding swings and slides.
Choose the Right Paving Materials for the Application
Our experienced design professionals understand that the surfaces you choose will play a crucial role in the overall design and function of your play space. We can help you select the ideal surfacing to meet your application and budget, including:
- Smooth, unobstructed concrete or asphalt pathways in areas designed for younger children learning to walk.
- Stairways to increase visual interest and challenge the physical capabilities of older children.
- ADA accessible areas for the enjoyment of all children, including those with disabilities.
- Ramps to improve access for those using wheelchairs or strollers.
- Soft materials such as bark, wood chips, grass, and recycled rubber to provide safe cushioning under fall zones beneath swings, slides, and climbing equipment.
Don’t Overlook Drainage
Without adequate drainage, your play area could become an obstacle-ridden, muddy mess, reducing accessibility and increasing maintenance. Playgrounds with a superior design, including a strong, well-constructed foundation and proper drainage, are a smart investment in long-term performance and beauty. Whether you want to build up your playground on the existing grade or excavate down for a flush transition, our paving experts can ensure adequate drainage, strategically integrating curbing and gutters to reduce upkeep and maintenance needs.
Consider the Addition of Sports Courts, Nature Paths, and Biking Trails
Bright, colorful playgrounds will undoubtedly attract younger children. However, the addition of sports courts, nature paths, and biking trails are an excellent way to entertain people of all ages. We have the skills and experience to integrate a variety of features into your park design, from basketball and tennis courts to walking, hiking, and cycling trails.
Add Fun and Excitement with Colorful Paint and Striping
Fuel interest and excitement, bringing your play space to life with our bold, colorful striping services. Lead the way down pathways, mark ADA accessible ramps, and entice children with hopscotch, foursquare, and other great games displayed brightly on atop your playground’s asphalt surfaces.
Use Trusted Services to Ensure Lasting Results
American Asphalt has been a trusted paving provider in Northern California since 1984. Our experienced in-house team offers complete solutions, from the design and installation of play areas and sports courts to routine maintenance and repair. All our work begins with a detailed estimate and project plan, ensuring we complete your project on time and on budget. We stand behind our designs, offering an extended 3-year warranty on new playground construction.
Create an engaging, safe playground experience with the top-quality materials, superior workmanship, and attention to detail of American Asphalt paving services. Contact us at 510-723-0280 to learn more about playground construction for use and safety, or get a quick online quote today.