Blueprint for Play® Toolkit

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Planning a playground is an exciting opportunity for your school, church or community park. We've put together the Blueprint for Play toolkit to help. It includes five guidebooks with important information on Planning, Funding, Designing, Building and Sustaining a play and recreation area. Download one or all of the Blueprint for Play guidebooks below.

Plan It

Best Practices for Planning a Play and Recreation Project

An overview of the planning process to consider when undertaking a playground project. From initial site selection to engaging the community in discovering what your play space will need to be meaningful, Plan It helps you break the process into steps, and addresses the components required in each to move forward. Plan It is a helpful tool in any stage of playground development.

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Fund It

Funding Resources and Tips for Success

This book reviews many funding options available for playgrounds, from grants to fundraisers, then illustrates a variety of ways to use the strength of your community to engage donors and “make the ask.” A great resource for stimulating the creativity needed to discover your community’s funding strong points and capitalize on them for success.

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Design It

Considerations for Creating a Play Environment that Engages the Community

A play space must be meaningful, inclusive, and engaging to be successful, Design It helps illustrate the key points to explore in playground design to help accomplish the goal. The book demonstrates ways codetermine your needs, then highlights a variety of methods for engaging children, stakeholders, and the community in the design process to reach a final design that can be used to rally community support and engage children and families for years to come.

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Build It

Supervised and Community Build Playground Guidelines

Whether you are planning a community build effort, or would prefer to hire a professional installation crew, this book offers a variety of build models, helps you determine how to select the best one for your unique needs, then uncovers the steps needed to ensure your preferred build model happens on time and on budget.

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Sustain It

Maintenance, Supervision and Programming to Promote Sustainability

You’ll want to ensure your play space is used and maintained regularly! Sustain It provides basic information on playground maintenance and supervision, and illustrates a variety of activities and programs you can implement to help make it even more meaningful to the community!

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