Feb 22

Advantages of Designing Custom Play and Fitness Spaces

No matter if it is a small neighborhood pocket park or a large municipal destination park, your custom playground design needs to be fun and interesting to keep children challenged and coming back. Creating custom play and fitness spaces that encourage families to go outdoors and be physically active can be challenging. However, it doesn’t have to be. CR Studio Design acts as a resource to landscape architects in sourcing and specify innovative products to make designing custom playgrounds easier. 

Custom playground designs get kids interested in the outdoors and interacting with other children their age. They also stand out from other play spaces because of their unique layouts, innovative products and one-of-a-kind experiences. Children and their families will want to come back again and again.

Offer a Unique Space Like No Other

If you want people to regularly visit your park, it can’t just have a play structure with slides and climbers and freestanding swings. Today’s generation is diverse and expects a wide variety of activities to support their interests such as science, art, sensory play and physical play. 

Put together a one-of-a-kind space that will have people from all over wanting to visit! Incorporate playful landscape design concepts like mounds, hillside slides and bouncers, choose a light or fully immersed theme or opt for a modern or nature-inspired playground. Modern playground equipment features metal components, whereas nature playgrounds have boulders, nets, fallen logs, wood and/or other play components that naturally blend with the environment. 

Appeal to a Diverse Group

Some play spaces appeal to younger or older children, which is fine if they are at an early childhood center, preschool or elementary school. But when it comes to public spaces, it’s best to accommodate children of all ages and abilities. Fortunately, this is easy to do when you are thinking inclusive multigenerational play and fitness. 

A custom playground is NOT boring – you can be as creative as you would like! Swings and slides appeal to younger children, while older kids get a bang out of ziplines, rock walls and a variety of challenging climbing experiences. Appealing to preteens and teens is even easy when you add Yalp interactive play and sports equipment, fitness stations and obstacle courses. 

And of course, inclusive playgrounds accommodate people of all ages and abilities providing them with opportunities to play together and enjoy a variety of sensory experiences. Adding outdoor musical instruments, spinning seats, roller slides and tables and water play are great sensory choices. Family Fit Zones are another way to appeal to a wide range of users since it includes diverse types of play and exercise equipment. Yalp interactive play and sports equipment accommodates all fitness levels from beginner to avid sportsmen.

Pick a Playground Theme to Match its Surroundings

Custom Baseball Themed Playground Design

Another benefit of custom playground design is that you can pick the theme, style and colors that match the space or environment. This way, the playground will blend in with its surroundings instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. You can fully immerse the playground with your selected theme, or you can add touches here and there for a more subtle look.

As an example, urban spaces benefit from vertical playgrounds with nets and cubes, or a Modern City design. A wide-open space can accommodate a Family Fit Zone with traditional play equipment, outdoor fitness, interactive play and sports equipment, obstacle course activities and shade. A park along the boardwalk or harbor might choose a pirate ship theme or use “an under the sea” approach.

Don’t design ‘just another’ playground for your client. Give them something that has the WOW factor they deserve. This will get their playground noticed and make your project extremely successful!