Recycling bins and trash containers help you maintain the playspace by providing places for community members to properly dispose of waste. Bins can be placed inside these containers, making for a much more attractive receptacle. The availability of recycling units can also increase the consideration of the environment and empowers playspace users to put green ideas into practice.
Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.
Take  of the 2x6x8' boards. Cut each into  48" lengths, for a total of  2x6x48" pieces.
Take  of the remaining 2x6x8' boards. Cut each into  30" lengths, for a total of  2x6x30" pieces.
Take the remaining 2x6x8. Cut into  2x6x30" piece and  2x6x33" pieces.
Take the 4x4x10' board. Cut into  4x4x27 ½" pieces.
Take the 4x8' plywood piece. Using the chalk line to mark the wood, cut from one 48"x33" plywood piece with the circular saw.
If the lid to the trash and recycling container will be painted, prime all edges and sides once the cuts are finished.
Inventory and sort all of your materials.
Start by attaching five of the 2x6x30" boards to two of the 4x4x27 ½" using the 2 ½" deck screws. Be sure the outside edges of the 2x6s are flush with the outside edges of the 4x4s. Also be sure the bottom and top of the 4x4s are flush with the outside long edges of the 2x6s.
Repeat this process with the remaining two 4x4x27 ½" pieces and the remaining five 2x6x30" boards.
Attach five of your 2x6x48" boards to the sides of the two pieces you previously constructed. Be sure that the 2x6x48" boards come flush with the outside end of the 2x6x30" boards (see pictures below).
Repeat this process with your remaining five 2x6x48" pieces on the other side. You should be left with a box.
Next attach your four trapezoid boards (two are 2x6x48" and two are 2x6x33") to the top of the box. Be sure you are screwing through the trapezoids into the 2x6s and the 4x4s.
Lastly, you will attach the hinges to one of the long edges of your box and the plywood cover to this side.
If the lid will be painted, do so once it is fully assembled.
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Plant trees and shrubs, or add a pizza garden, butterfly garden, or custom garden to your playspace! The pizza garden is easy to create and provides a place where kids can watch different plants grow, seeing the similarities and differences in each. The butterfly garden encourages exploration, offers a sensory experience and can be the setting for many science lessons. The custom garden is specifically designed for the needs of the community.
A Little Library is a great way to engage people of all ages with free books for the community. Place a Little Library by playspace benches to create a calming area for adults and children alike!
Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. We've included instructions for a KaBOOM! favorite here, a combination bench/planter! Benches encourage adult supervision when placed in close proximity to the playground equipment. Seating also encourages a sense of community by creating a designated area for neighbors to gather together, much like a “town square." The double planter bench can be a combination bench + planter OR can be used as a bench with a chessboard tabletop in the middle!