How much does a playground cost?

You need a new playground for your school, a structure that grows the children’s development and skills, is inclusive and keeps them safe.

You know what you want, but unsure how much the playground design and equipment will cost. There needs to be value for money spent and it must enhance the appeal of your school. Tall order?

Not for adventure+. We are specialists in designing school playgrounds using outdoor play equipment that is fun and development focused. We know that the cost and access to timely information can play a big part in your decision to choose a playground supplier. This article aims to provide guidelines on how much a new playground can cost.

These are some factors to consider when budgeting for a playground.

Size of the site

The cost of a playground depends on many factors, including the site or space available, which influences how much playground equipment is installed. Obviously, the larger the site, the more equipment it can contain. A playground can cost anywhere from $10,000 at the lower end to $500,000 at the higher end.

Related site works also need to be taken into account. For example, all playgrounds require some type of edging and undersurfacing. Some sites need to be excavated or retaining walls installed, which all increases the overall expense.

Rubber undersurfacing can add significantly to the total price, sometimes costing as much as the new equipment itself. Mulch or sand is a good option where initial outlay needs to be reduced. All these factors need to be considered when building a new playground.

So what is the actual cost of building a playground? We’ve included some options and estimates.

Note: Pricing below is indicative supply and installed pricing only for actual play units. Despatch, delivery and/or travel charges are additional to the prices shown. Also remember to include the cost of site works, edging and undersurfacing in your budget.

Small sized playground

On the smaller end of the design and build scale is the small playground. It’s typically found in a low use area, or may be an addition to an existing play space. It contains a small play unit such as a climbing cube, swing or rocker, suitable for fewer children only. A small playground can cost less than $25,000 to design and install, doesn’t need much space and is a fantastic way to use an underutilised space in the schoolyard.

Climbing Cube

Range: spectrum+

Price Range – installed: $10,000 – $15,000

Dalton Play Unit

Range: spectrum+

Price Range – installed: $20,000 – $25,000

Medium sized playground

An average school playground, either for junior or senior school, can start from $25,000 or go up to $50,000. Approximately, five to ten playground platforms are included in a medium sized playground.

Holiston Play Unit

Range: spectrum+

Price Range – installed: $35,000 – $45,000

Briarhill Play Unit

Range: symmetry+

Price Range – installed: $35,000 – $45,000

Large sized playground

A larger school playground can hold more equipment and cater to two different age groups i.e. juniors and seniors. A large sized playground system can cost from $50,000 to $80,000.

The playground design can include more customisation of cladding and architectural features. However, this typically would be larger than a 10-platform unit, or a combination or a traditional steel or timber equipment and rope play.

Sanderson Play Unit

Range: spectrum+

Price Range – installed: $50,000 – $60,000

Fernhurst Play Unit

Range: symmetry+

Price Range – installed: $70,000 – $80,000

Supersized playground

The supersized is for the adventure lover and for schools with a lot of room. This size of budget will allow you to explore heights like the Winchester below, standing 6 metres tall, or spread out wide like the Sheffield.

Sheffield Play Unit

Range: spectrum+

Price Range – installed: $80,000 – $90,000

Winchester Tower Play Unit

Range: spectrum+

Price Range – installed: $100,000 – $110,000

Custom or standard playground

The style and configuration of the equipment can also have an impact on the cost of the playground. The traditional looking playground equipment will generally cost less, however when you add extras like large roofs, cladding and custom elements it is costlier.

We find a better outcome is achieved by creating a customised playground because they’re designed to meet specific needs and can help differentiate your school from others.

A final factor in creating your ideal playground is the number and type of users who will patronise it. If your school is in a high-density area, the playground will need to be larger and contain more equipment than a smaller school.

Ready for a consultation?

Our team can create a playground suited to different budgets by assessing your needs and creating a custom playground solution. Call our team on 1300 237 587 or email us with your inquiry.