Innovative Play Structures Research Project August 2001 Cost

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3.5 Cost Implications It is clear, from the examples described herein, that costs to build innovative playgrounds can vary from low cost to very expensive. Prefabricated play structures can be as costly as the budget of a community will allow. The more money, the more components and the bigger the play structure; less money – less components and a smaller play structure is the result. The issue, however, is the play value obtained for the budget available. The play value that prefabricated play structures provide is limited to large motor skills, and primarily, to the development of inactive skills. By examining budget, based on whether equipment and materials meet all of the development skill requirements for all types of play, it is possible to measure play value against budget. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 84
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4.0 INNOVATIVE PLAYGROUNDS: SUMMARY & CONCLUSION 4.1 Development Matrix: A Tool for Development of a Community Playground Throughout the process of researching innovative playgrounds, it became apparent that the most important aspect of all the projects was a holistic and integrated approach to designing for play. Each playground considered, met a large number of diverse criteria. This Playground Development Matrix evolved from this, in an attempt to create a tool with which Manitobans could ensure this type of approach is used in the design of our playgrounds. The Development Matrix is a checklist and guide: designed to allow community stakeholders to consider and monitor all of the play issues presented by their unique playground locations; organized around a hierarchy of play considerations ranging from play objectives to play experiences; and that follows the chronology of the design and development process discussed in the previous section. The Matrix is a tool which when completed, can serve as a guide for community groups as they develop the most appropriate playground design approach for their unique situation. Local environment, climactic conditions, spatial and social requirements and cultural considerations can be examined and implemented into the playground design through this approach. No community driven design development can be successful without dedicated volunteers. The Playground Development Matrix will be most effective in developing unique and innovative playgrounds when it is completed with the guidance of a well organized and devoted design committee. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 85
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4.2 The Playground Development Matrix 1. Playground Context Matrix Analyze Existing Resources & Challenges 1.1 This section of the Matrix is designed to help community groups to evaluate and understand existing play conditions and resources available in the playground development location. It is composed of key criteria that need to be considered and understood prior to any new development on the site.
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