Sometimes the excitement of planning your dream playground can leave you budget blindsided. It’s easy to forget there’s more expenses to account for than just playground equipment. But with some careful consideration, you can ensure a fun, smooth process with no financial surprises.

Start by planning for these standard project expenses:

  • Surfacing: excavation, drainage, sub-surfacing, containment, material, freight, labor
  • Shipping: freight, truck unloading, goods inventory, packaging removal/disposal
  • Site preparation: permits, sidewalk installation, lighting, drainage
  • Storage (if your play equipment arrives before final site preparation is finished)
  • Installation: professional installation, supervised build, or community build (costs vary depending on your solution)
  • Construction materials: concrete, gravel, sand
  • Landscaping services/materials: labor, trees, plants, sod


Don’t have as big a budget as you’d like? You don't have to fund your playground project alone. There are many resources available from the government, your community, and Playworld that will help you make your dream play space possible.


Band the community together and get them excited about your playground by organizing a creative fundraising project.

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Rally the community around your project and get financial support by trying some of these neat ideas!

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Grant Funding

Reach out to the government, corporations, foundations, and non-profits to find out what grants are available and if your organization qualifies.

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Community Build

Save on installation costs by recruiting local volunteers to participate in a Build Day or ask businesses to sponsor your project.

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Playworld’s Phasing and Leasing Programs can ease your financial concerns by allowing you to play now and pay later.

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Member Discounts

Our partnerships with organizations such as HGACBuy and GSA can provide you with savings and other benefits.

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Just Getting Started?

Before you set your budget in stone, window shop our playground products, see if you’re eligible for any grants, or request a quote from our play gurus. This can help you create a realistic financial plan to meet your dreams.