Colorful directional posts can beautify your playspace and are great for pointing out landmarks selected by the community. If there are children present at the build day, you may want to enlist their help to choose the directions and paint the signs.
Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.
Optional: Bevel the top of the 4x4x10' board on all four sides.
Take both 1x4x12' boards. Cut each into  1x4x24" pieces, for a total of  1x4x24" pieces.
Prime the sides and edges of all 1x4x24" pieces. Prime the 4x4x10' board if it will also be painted.
Inventory and sort all of your materials.
If you are going to paint the 4x4x10' board, do that first. While it is drying, move on to the next step.
Paint the directional arrows. These can have a literal directional theme (New York City, 225 miles, etc.) or can have any theme.
Decide which way the arrows will point before painting them.
Paint both side of the arrows using various colors.
Once the post and arrows have dried, attach them to the post using the 1 ½" screws. Use 3 screws per arrow.
Dig the hole for the post. It should be at least 6" in diameter and 2' deep.
Place the post in the hole and use the level to ensure the post stays straight while adding concrete.
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Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. 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."
Beauty will always enhance a playspace, because it draws people into a common area – and into an opportunity to socialize with fellow community members. The planters also provide a unique opportunity for children to tend to a plant and watch it grow!
Shade is a very important topic for many communities when it comes to their children. The structure not only provides a bit of relief from the sun but also adds to the aesthetic quality of the overall playspace. The more inviting a gathering area is, the more likely community members will begin to treat it like the “town square” it should be.