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Tips for Budgeting and Fundraising for a New Playground

Play is important for child development, but sometimes the funds necessary to provide our children with the playground equipment that is needed to help them grow and learn can be a tough road. Following these simple steps will not only allow you to purchase a new playground unit or replace an existing one, it is also a great way to get your community involved.

Whether you are interested in building a new commercial playground or renovating an existing one in your community, you’re going to need funds to help you achieve your goal. Here are a few simple ideas that anyone can take advantage of to gather the money necessary to create a viable area for everyone.

“Adopt” a Part of a Playground:

Having a sketch or plan of your potential play area layout will help in your fundraising efforts. It can be used as a great marketing tool. Showing it to sponsors and posting it on message boards will create a visual reminder. Make a list of the major components of the unit. Set a price for each component and then break down your fundraising efforts one component at a time. Take your sketch or drawing around to local businesses and community service organizations asking them to “adopt” a part of the playground. You will have to develop a way for the donators to be recognized, whether that is on a single sign placed at the entrance to the play area or at each “adopted” unit.

Personalized Walkway Bricks:

Parents love to put their child’s name on something permanent. If you are planning on placing a bricked walkway leading to your new playground, have a fundraiser selling these bricks individually to parents, grandparents, guardians and family members. When pricing your bricks, be sure to account for the cost of laying them, and also having each one engraved. Not only is this a great way to raise money but it also makes your playground a more personalized place to visit.

 

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