Organizing a community build
playground project can seem overwhelming. However, if you break it down into
smaller tasks, it can easily be manageable. Here are some basic steps you can implement in the planning and building of your new playground:
Get Support From the Community
Before you can
design and install a community build playground, you need community support for
your plans. This requires several steps: Identify key stakeholders. These are the youth, parents, municipal or
school personnel and childcare providers who will most directly benefit from
the playground project.
Target potential supporters. These could be PTA's or PTOs, neighborhood
associations, service clubs, local government agencies, religious groups, trade
unions and local news media.
Invite participation. Schedule meetings with stakeholders and
potential stakeholders, approach community organizations, solicit help from
local businesses and inform the news media of your plans. Notify local residents about the project to solicit additional help.
Organize your efforts
groups: Create groups to focus on specific tasks such as: site design, equipment layout and design, recruiting construction volunteers, tools and materials needed,
fundraising, grant writing, site preparation, playground installation, food and refreshments for your volunteers and the grand opening event.
Appoint task group
leaders, and then have the team leaders elect an overall project leader.
project with all team members together to build enthusiasm for the project.