Enhancement
projects

Step-by-step instructions to transform the area around a playspace into an inviting place for your community

How to build 3' x 6' cubbies

A set of cubbies alongside the play area allows for a place for children and adults to store their belongings...
3 hours Other
4 volunteers Medium

How to build a 10' x 10' stage

A stage enhances the play area by giving children a place to put on skits and plays, and serves as a space to...
8 hours Play elements
8 volunteers Complex

How to build a 12' x 12' stage

A stage enhances the play area by giving children a place to put on skits and plays, and serves as a space to...
8 hours Play elements
8 volunteers Complex

How to build a 6' picket fence

A classic picket fence is a simple way to create a safe barrier around your play space. Picket fences can be...
Varies   Other
3 volunteers Medium

How to build a bean bag toss

A Bean Bag Toss (otherwise know as Cornhole) is a fun way to add play opportunities in a smaller space. The...
4 hours Play elements
3 volunteers Complex

How to build a broadstreet bench

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Benches encourage...
3 hours Seating
2 volunteers Medium

How to build a bulletin board

A community bulletin board allows the community a space to post information about the playspace, upcoming...
8 hours Other
6 volunteers Complex

How to build a butcher block bench

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. These benches will...
4 hours Seating
4 volunteers Easy

How to build a butterfly multi-planter

Beauty will always enhance a playspace, because it draws people into a common area – and into an...
1.5 hours Landscaping
2 volunteers Easy

How to build a chalkboard

A chalkboard gives children a space to be artists! Children can collaborate to make murals, play chalk games...
6 hours Play elements
6 volunteers Complex

How to build a children's picnic table

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Picnic tables...
4 hours Seating
5 volunteers Complex

How to build a deck bench

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Benches encourage...
4 hours Seating
5 volunteers Medium

How to build a double shade structure

Shade is a very important topic for many communities when it comes to their children. The structure not only...
6 hours Shading
12 volunteers Complex

How to build a double shade structure with metal roof

Shade is a very important topic for many communities when it comes to their children. The structure not only...
6 hours Shading
4 volunteers Complex

How to build a Gaga pit

Ga-ga is a fast-paced, dodgeball-style game played in a fenced-in court (often hexagonal or octagonal) with a...
6 hours Play elements
4 volunteers Complex

How to build a hinged trash container

Recycling bins and trash containers help you maintain the playspace by providing places for community members...
2 hours Other
4 volunteers Medium

How to build a life-sized Connect Four

A Life-Sized Connect Four board is a great way to engage people of all ages in a fun way. This huge version...
6 hours Play elements
3 volunteers Complex

How to build a Little Library

A Little Library is a great way to engage people of all ages with free books for the community. Place a...
5 hours Other
3 volunteers Complex

How to build a mendocino bench

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Benches encourage...
6 hours Seating
5 volunteers Medium

How to build an 8' x 8' stage

A stage enhances the play area by giving children a place to put on skits and plays, and serves as a space to...
8 hours Play elements
8 volunteers Complex

How to build an ADA picnic table

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Picnic tables...
3 hours Seating
3 volunteers Medium

How to build an adult-sized picnic table

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Picnic tables...
4 hours Seating
5 volunteers Complex

How to build an arbor

An arbor is a latticework bower which you can intertwine with climbing vines and flowers. It's a great...
5 hours Landscaping
5 volunteers Complex

How to build an art easel

Encourage creativity by giving playspace visitors a place to draw, paint, and create!
4 hours Play elements
4 volunteers Medium

How to build an outdoor classroom

An outdoor classroom is a great way of encouraging schools and other organizations to take advantage of their...
8 hours Seating
10 volunteers Complex

How to build a planter bench

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. We've included...
4 hours Seating
4 volunteers Easy

How to build a planter bench shade structure

This project offers shade, places to sit, and planters all combined! Adults and children appreciate having...
8 hours Shading
12 volunteers Complex

How to build a planter box

Beauty will always enhance a playspace, because it draws people into a common area – and into an...
3 hours Landscaping
4 volunteers Easy

How to build a raised planter

Adding garden beds to your playspace gives children the opportunity to learn more about where food comes from...
3 hours Landscaping
3 volunteers Medium

How to build a recycle/trash bin

Recycling bins and trash containers help you maintain the playspace by providing places for community members...
4 hours Other
4 volunteers Medium

How to build a sandbox

Building with sand is great for children's healthy development. The recommended plans are for a fabulous...
5-7 hours Play elements
10-15 volunteers Complex

How to build a sandbox with folding lid and seats

Building with sand is great for children's healthy development. The recommended plans are for a fabulous...
5-7 hours Play elements
10-15 volunteers Complex

How to build a shade structure

Shade is a very important topic for many communities when it comes to their children. The structure not only...
8 hours Shading
6 volunteers Complex

How to build a shade structure with roof and rainwater collection system

Shade is a very important topic for many communities when it comes to their children. The structure not only...
8 hours Shading
12 volunteers Complex

How to build a tree bench

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Benches encourage...
2 hours Seating
4 volunteers Medium

How to build a trellis planter bench

This project combines the goodness of bench seating, planters, and a trellis all in one! Adults and...
6 hours Seating
6 volunteers Medium

How to build tabletop game boards

Games like chess and/or checkers can be played by people of all ages, and providing this opportunity will...
4 hours Play elements
3 volunteers Easy

How to create 1' x 1' murals

This is a great project for kids! Each child is given a square piece of plywood to paint to beautify the play...
2 hours Paintings
Varies   Easy

How to create a play pole / directional post

Colorful directional posts can beautify your playspace and are great for pointing out landmarks selected by...
2 hours Paintings
5 volunteers Easy

How to lay sod

Beautify your playspace with fresh, green grass where children can run and play!
Varies   Landscaping
Varies   Easy

How to make stepping stones

If a pathway is an option for enhancing your play environment, this fun way of making stepping stones is a...
4 hours Landscaping
Varies   Easy

How to paint a basketball court

Outdoor basketball courts weather a lot of wear and tear! Find one in your community that needs a little...
4 hours Play elements
10 volunteers Easy

How to paint a mural

Murals provide color and an imaginative setting to a playspace. They also can be a reflection of the...
Varies   Paintings
Varies   Medium

How to paint asphalt games

Bright games painted on a cement or asphalt surface are a welcome addition to any playground! Use the...
2 hours Play elements
5 volunteers Easy

How to paint U.S. and world maps

Adding a huge, colorful map brings color to the playspace and teaches geography to kids. Children will be...
4 hours Paintings
10 volunteers Easy

How to plant trees, shrubs and community gardens

Plant trees and shrubs, or add a pizza garden, butterfly garden, or custom garden to your playspace! The...
Varies   Landscaping
Varies   Easy