Process

Jim meeting with kids2Our mission is to create custom play spaces for children of all abilities. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure our projects are cost effective, safe and provide well-rounded play environments. L&A playgrounds are the fulfillment of children’s dreams and the product of collective energy and creativity of the entire community. Our staff has a strong commitment to quality, safety and fun. It is our goal to produce an awe inspiring play space that has a positive and long lasting impact on your community. Unlike manufactured playgrounds, L&A playgrounds reflect your community’s history, culture and local architecture. Our process empowers volunteers and instills a great sense of ownership. The process we utilize has been time tested for more than 40 years. We listen to our clients and use our experience to refine and improve our services. We provide our clients with the best tools and guidance available. L&A continually dedicates itself to assisting communities in building and fostering community spirit through custom-designed community-built playgrounds. We believe in the power of play and love what we do. Our design team, along with your community, can bring children’s dreams to reality!

Step 1: Getting Started Is Easy!

Prior to scheduling a Design Day, you will begin working closely with our staff. The first task is to begin recruiting an all-star steering committee of 10-12 hardworking volunteers and securing a site for the playground. L&A provides an, easy to follow, Design Day Preparation checklist along with printed guides, electronic fundraising planning tool, and online project management site to assist you each step of the way. Our staff will work with you to identify key tasks that should be completed to insure a successful Design Day. Our Planning Guide will provide details and advice on the various coordinators you’ll need to fill your steering committee. Questions? Remember we are as close as a phone call away! Our staff is happy to assist and provide guidance.

Step 2: Design Day

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Your dream begins with Design Day which is the official kick-off event that launches your project. Expect a fun-filled day that energizes children and adults, as well as, stirs up excitement for your project. A L&A designer will visit your community for creative planning, brainstorming and drawing sessions. The day is like a giant brainstorming session where members of your community (of all ages) share their vision and ideas with our designer. Those ideas, along with drawings and other important information on your community, will be used to create a customized schematic playground design that reflects your community’s wants and needs.

Design Day concludes with a communitywide celebration and presentation, where the schematic design is unveiled for all to see. This special event is the first opportunity you will have to generate support and enthusiasm for your project. Our hope is that the celebration will be well attended and members of your community will leave with a clear vision of what you are working toward.

Step 3: Organization Phase

Shortly after Design Day, you’ll receive copies of your drawings, materials list, and components list. Our office will assign a project manager and that staff member will not only be an important resource to you, but also serve as part of your team. Between Design Day and Organization Day, your committee will concentrate on developing relations, strengthening your committee, and networking within the community. At the same time, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and other committees will continue their efforts.

Step 4: Organization Day

As you move toward your build dates, we will plan an Organization Day. An L&A staff member will meet with your committee to review progress and help you map out the last weeks up to construction. These meetings provide an opportunity to make sure your committee fully understands what remains to be done prior to the build. We’ll review the site plan with your site captain, confer with committee coordinators individually and as a group, discuss the final design, and go over schedules, plans, responsibilities, and construction details.

Following Organization Day, your coordinators will find themselves working with checklists, referring to the Playground Planning Guide and completing their online task list to make sure everyone is on track, the site is properly prepared, tools and materials are collected and organized, and volunteers are in place for the build.

Step 5: Construction

The time will arrive when all the months of planning and hard work pay off. In the space of several days, you and a small army of untrained but energetic volunteers will transform an empty patch of land into something magnificent: your own community designed and volunteer-built playground. And it will belong to every member of the community in a way that nothing else does. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels will work side by side, sharing in the community build experience. L&A staff along with volunteer captains from your community will oversee quality and efficiently lead volunteers.

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As the last pieces of your structure go into place – after several intense days of cutting and drilling and hoisting and joining – your community will be a place forever changed. People will have a reviewed sense of commitment to each other, and their pride and enthusiasm will be tangible. On the final day of construction, your community and its children will celebrate with an opening party, where there will be hugging, cheering, laughing, and probably a few tears.

Step 6: PLAY!

Celebrate your efforts and enjoy the playground.

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