Is your housing or homeowners’ association about to establish a new playground or renovate an existing playground? Among the many questions that often crop up is the question of whether the playground should be low-maintenance? How should it be arranged? And what sort of safety surface does it need?

We have compiled a number of FAQs to guide you through the process of choosing the right playground. If you need further advice and guidance, our dealers are always ready to help. Our top priority is ensuring that you get a playground that children will love and which is easy for you to realise.

What should you consider when planning a new playground in a residential area?

Which playground should we go for?

There are many different types of playgrounds, and just as many playground manufacturers. Therefore, it may help to ask yourselves some general questions to find out which playground is right for you:

How many children will be using the playground?

The size of the playground and its activities depend on how many children will be using it. If the playground is too small and has too few activities in relation to the number of children, this can lead to unnecessary conflicts. Therefore, it is important to know whether the playground should be able to cater for 10 children at a time – or 70.

Which age group will be using the playground?

It is important that the playground is tailored to the relevant age group(s) so that the play equipment supports and creates value exactly for these children. To accommodate a wide age group, you can combine different pieces of play equipment or choose play systems with several play zones. If you want to know more about how to best arrange a playground, read more on our page playground design.

Are you willing to spend time and money on maintenance?

When, as a housing or homeowners’ association, you invest in a playground, it is important to consider the durability of the materials. Do you want a playground that stays looking good and safe for 15-20 years without having to spend money on maintenance? If so, we recommend low-maintenance materials rather than natural materials such as wood, where rot and cracks can quickly form and pose a safety risk. Using low-maintenance materials guarantees that the playground will be safe for children for years to come. You can also read more about the requirements for playground safety.

Should the playground be environment-friendly?

The choice of materials also has a bearing on how environmentally friendly the playground is. Among other things, it is important to find out whether impregnated wood is used, whether the materials contain toxic substances, and whether the materials break down naturally or can be recycled. For example, we use the durable material polyethylene, which is 100% recyclable and therefore helps to reduce resource waste while giving old playgrounds a new lease of life.

Read more: Quality materials

What sort of safety surface should we go for?

It is important to stress from the outset that safety surfaces are mandatory at public playgrounds in order for European safety requirements to be met. There are many different types of safety surface, all with different pros and cons. Some of the most popular types are, for example, poured-in-place rubber, rubber tiles, sand and gravel. Moreover, some play equipment is certified for installing on grass. Depending on the area, budget and specific needs, one safety surface might be a much more obvious solution compared to another. We have prepared a detailed guide about safety surfaces if you would like to know more about the various options.

Which play equipment is usually used for residential areas?

No two playgrounds are ever the same. However, some play equipment is more frequently chosen for playgrounds in residential areas. Swings and play systems, for example, are very popular choices when planning a new playground. Both can be used by several children at the same time, and they also appeal to a wide age group.

Springers and playhouses are also playground classics. These are often intended for younger children and for when children are either playing by themselves or with only a few others. The playhouse is perfect for concentrated play and being creative, while children use the springer for having fun with lots of speed and motion.


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What have others done?

Over the years, we have established many playgrounds for housing and homeowners’ associations, and we believe that hearing about other people’s experiences with the process of choosing a playground can be helpful. It is a good way to be inspired, and it can also give you an idea of why others have chosen our products.
For example, Preben Langelund Hamborg, a supervisor at Ringkøbing-Skjern Housing Association, says:

“The finished playground lives up completely to our expectations. The playground will be somewhere for local children to play for many years and which only needs minimal maintenance, which is good for our operations. I would definitely recommend LEDON – it’s a company that delivers what they promise on time.”

Preben Langelund Hamborg, Supervisor

Would you like to read more about the project for Ringkøbing-Skjern Housing Association? We have gathered all the information about the solution here: The playground at Gartnervænget. You can also see all our projects and find inspiration on our reference page.

Ringkøbing-Skjern housing association

Skriverløkken, Sønderborg

Guidance from our dealer

Do you need advice on playground layout, or do you have any questions about our products? Our knowledgeable dealers are always ready to assist.