Top 10 Mistakes Made in the Design of Playgrounds & Children's Outdoor Environments

  1. Not following the ADA guidelines for outdoor spaces which applies to all new construction and renovations.
  2. Using a playground manufacturer rather than choosing an unbiased designer or consultant for your outdoor space.
  3. Choosing equipment that does not meet the developmental needs of children.
  4. Not putting trees, bushes and plants in the outdoor spaces.
  5. Creating spaces that only meet children's gross motor skills outdoors.
  6. Creating large, flat open spaces rather than areas for different types of play.
  7. Putting too much money into climbing equipment while ignoring other types of play.
  8. Not considering storage for the outdoor area.
  9. Not involving teachers, parents and children in the design process.
  10. Under budgeting for your outdoor space.