DIY Playground Improvement Projects

Community-built playspaces aren't just for kids! A few simple additions to the area around your playspace — like benches, shade structures, and murals — will transform it into an inviting community space. These step-by-step instructions include shopping lists, skill level, and even a recommended number of volunteers.

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Landscaping
Arbors, planters, trees, gardens, and stepping stones
Play Elements
Art easels, asphalt games, chalkboards, chessboard tables, stages, sandboxes + more
Seating
Picnic tables, benches, and outdoor classrooms
Paintings
Landmark direction posts, maps, peace poles, and murals
Shading
Shade structures + more
Other
Bulletin boards, cubbies, trash bins + more

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Complex

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Very Complex

Additional resources

More improvement ideas: Learn how to organize a playground watch or a playspace cleanup!