planning a playground
Making it happen: Creating a Burke playground from conception to reality!
We know that selecting and installing a playground can be a challenge. Most organizations start off with more questions than answers. How much space do we need? What's our playground's focus? How do we want the playground to look? How will parents, constituents or board members react? How much money do we need, and how do we raise it? We find it's usually best to approach the task of creating a new playground the same way you'd build a new physical skill – by taking things one step at a time. And don't worry! We'll be there to help you every step along the way.
STEP 1: What do you need?
Our Burke playground equipment specialists are trained to help you conduct a needs assessment that takes into account such factors as objectives, age of children, space considerations, capacity requirements and budget limitations. And this playground equipment assessment won't cost you a penny.
We’ll also conduct a Site Assessment to analyze all of the details related to your playground including space, budget, site requirements and more. And of course, we’ll help you understand and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.
Step 2: Playground Design
Using our incredible EZ Design software, your Burke playground equipment specialist can bring your playground to life, providing you with 2D and 3D drawings to help you visualize your creation. This enables you to select just the options, play structures and activities that best suit your preferences, so you can buy with confidence.
BCI Burke is continually Reinventing Play™ with a long-term commitment to providing accessible playgrounds for every child, regardless of ability or disability. Learn more about our inclusive play products.
Step 3: Build Consensus And Raise Funds
Because of our years of selling to cities, park boards, schools, day care centers, churches, other organizations, we understand the challenges you face in gaining the “buy-in” of parents, voters, trustees and other important stakeholders. That’s why we’re prepared to help with everything from playground fundraising and grants programs to presentations.
Step 4: Delivery
Nobody has a faster turnaround time than Burke, and our goal is for every order to be 100% complete, correct and on-time. We'll also make sure you're ready to receive the playground equipment shipment by letting you know exactly when it will arrive and how you need to prepare.
Step 5: Playground Installation
Some organizations prefer to have us handle the entire installation, whereas others like to take a team approach to build enthusiasm and promote a sense of community. In either case, you can count on us to make sure your site is properly prepared and to ensure that your playground installation is done right and in compliance with industry safety guidelines.
Step 6: Instruction
To get the most out of your Burke playground equipment, it’s important that your teachers, parents, caregivers and others know how to supervise children on the playground. That’s why we’re the only playground manufacturer to provide a comprehensive National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) Supervision Kit absolutely FREE with every modular playground order. It’s all part of your Total Cost of Ownership Package™.
Step 7: Service
If you have any questions or need additional service, we stick around long after your playground is in the ground and the kids have played on it. Call your Burke representative at 800-266-1250 or contact Burke directly on our toll-free Customer Service at 800-356-2070. You can rely on the entire Burke team and our industry-leading warranties to stand the test of time.