A Build Day(s) is when all your hard work and preparation pays off and the fun part begins.
Registration area. Set up a registration table so that all volunteers can sign in (and perhaps sign liability waivers) and get name badges. Volunteers should then be directed to the individuals responsible for the playground installation supervision. You can use the "sign in" list to send thank you's after the build.
Supervision. Your play equipment representative or installation supervisor(s) should be responsible for taking control of the construction activities on build day. They will break volunteers up into teams and assign tasks throughout the build.
Assembly. The play equipment will be assembled mostly in the post holes. Once each item is leveled and plumb, concrete can be placed into the footer holes and mixed with water. When the installation of the equipment is complete, the equipment should be caution taped and/or fenced with barrier fence until the concrete is set, usually within 48 hours.
Safety Surface. If the safety surfacing is being placed by volunteers, it will need to be installed once the concrete is in the post holes. The safety surfacing must be in place before any children are allowed to enter the play area. Any swing chains and seats should only be installed after the safety surfacing installation is complete.
Caution. No young children should be allowed in the area during the Playground Installation-Build Day, as there will likely be open holes and other hazards present. Safety should be a primary concern for all volunteers and children.
Breaks and water. During Build Day schedule breaks for lunch or refreshments for your volunteers and be sure that there is plenty of drinking water available. Make sure you schedule breaks for volunteers in shifts so the build can continue with breaks are taken to hydrate or get out of the heat of the sun or rain.
How long will it take? Most of our groups, with proper preparation, are able to build a playground in one day. Of course, a very large project may take more than one day to install the playground equipment and any safety surfacing. Also, a good amount of preparation may be required before the playground build day. Site preparation, excavation, hole digging, equipment pre-assembly and other factors are likely needed in preparation for the playground build day.
Grand Opening. Be sure to schedule a grand opening or ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the playground. This is great opportunity to acknowledge the people, organizations, donors and other stake holders. Likely this should be scheduled at a time that allows for any final details to be accomplished or contingencies involved, such as the safety surfacing installation or a final inspection to be sure everything is complete and ready for play.
Check out some pictures of some of our playground builds.