Playco was proud to be part of the Stage 2 development in Botany Town Centre…
Congratulations Kedgley Intermediate School!
The prize was a Playco Sponsored talk from inspirational speaker William Pike, of the William Pike Challenge Award! The kids were treated William’s remarkable stories, including surviving a freak Mount Ruapehu volcanic eruption. An eruption which claimed one of his legs, but left his drive to succeed and passion for adventure unscathed.
The team at Playco understand the business of creating a dynamic playground, through to putting it in the ground.
Here we are at Northcote Primary School in Auckland building their awesome new playground ready for next term. Playco are one of the only playground companies around where our reps are the designers. This means from start to finish we understand the whole process.
After this week we might even get out there and install some more playgrounds!
The prospect of building a new school playground can be a daunting one. With so many questions and decisions can an overwhelming prospect.
At Playco, we have a process in place to clearly set out each step in the process:
When talking about inclusivity, a different meaning of the word will come to mind for all of us. For Playco, it means considering who will be using the space and how they will be moving around it. Playgrounds are somewhere for everyone to come together. They should be a social space, helping develop cognitive and behavioral skills through play and interaction. All children are the same in one way; they want to have fun!
Once you’re given the stamp of approval on a Playco design and received the budget, next comes sourcing the money for the build. Applying for funding or fundraising for your playground are great ways to help reach your budget. We’ve compiled some great tips to help you bring your playground to life.
The Lions Club motto is “We Serve”, and the Waimauku Lions have certainly served the community of Waimauku an amazing playspace for years to come.
This was the Waimauku Lions’ Club centennial project, they wanted to do something big for their local community. Playco worked with the local children and with Auckland Council, and we designed a large communal space for multi-generational play. Based on a jungle theme and with an emphasis on lions and the Lions Clubs symbol, this playground never has a dull moment.
Transforming History into Every Day Play.
The community of Island Bay wanted a nautical themed playground that would offer fun and excitement for the local children while reflecting the location by the sea. The area had a history of trader vessels coming and going past the shores, and the occasional vessel came to grief and was sunk.
Greenpark School had a unique request; an amazing old tree was growing right where their new playground site had been selected and, not wanting to lose such a beautiful tree, Greenpark called in the team at Playco for the design challenge!
Long Bay Primary School had a large space to work with and Playco wanted to maximize the space available by packing it full of play!
The original playground used a traditional rectangle shape, but we saw room for growth. Utilising the extra space, Playco created a new L shaped design to maximize area. Using a wooden structure, ropes and overhead equipment and a fun colour palette, we spend a long time envisioning what it would be like for the kids of all ages to flow through the entire structure, creating one large space for all age groups that the students could all enjoy at the same time.