How to Make Your Own Slide and Playground

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Whether you want to make a backyard playground with a slide or you want to work to create a community playground, the steps to going about making your playground and slide are mostly the same. However, for a large project there are organizational and legal concerns you might not have with a family playground.

Things You'll Need

  • Plans
  • Shovel
  • Backhoe
  • Artificial grass
  • Determine if you will need a permit to build your playground. Each community is different and depending on your local ordinances you may be required to meet certain criteria before you can begin building a playground. In most instances, if you simply want to purchase a playground set from a retailer where no actual building would occur, you would avoid any red tape.

  • Locate or create a set of plans for building your playground. If you are a seasoned carpenter used to developing your own sets of plans for various projects that is one thing, but if you're not then you will need to find a set of plans that comes closest to the type of playground layout you have in mind. Building supply stores often have plans like these.

  • Decide on a theme for your playground. Get creative by adding elements that transform an ordinary playground into, for example, a castled fortress or a fairytale scene with life-sized replicas of characters in your child's favorite storybook.

  • Purchase the necessary supplies from a building supply store. You may also rent tools you may need such as a rotary saw and drill in order to reduce your costs.

  • Clear and level the ground to prepare the area where you intend to build your playground. If you are laying out a small playground it is possible to do it by hand with a shovel. For larger areas consider renting a backhoe. You may want to lay rolls of synthetic grass. The material helps to cushion accidental falls.

  • Consider the type of slide you would like, such as a coiled or straight slide or your child may prefer a water slide. You can purchase the plastic sheeting for your slide or buy a kit that you assemble.

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