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Resources for Making Your Dream Playground a Reality

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

Where do you begin when you have a vision but don't know how to achieve it? We believe in helping our clients make their dreams a reality. There are many ways we can help you with your dream! Do you want a cost effective custom designed playground? Something that stands out and looks different than other playgrounds? Or do you just need help finding the money to make your dream playground come to fruition? Whatever you need we are here to help!

Custom Playground Designs on a Budget

With so many options in playground equipment now a days, there are a lot of ways to make something look unique and stand out from all the rest. We've seen a big increase in requests to make a playground design look more unique while keeping in the budget. At Miracle Playsystems our designers are knowledgeable about market demands. We use affordable stock components in new and creative ways to deliver unique designs that can meet demands within any budget. Miracle Playsystems is partnered with multiple playground equipment manufacturers so that our clients are not only limited to Miracle products, but also are at liberty to choose products that best suits their needs.

If you’re looking for a truly unique play experience, our Custom Design Studio has the imagination and experience to bring any idea to life. Our dedicated team’s talented and creative designers come from deep backgrounds in architecture, industrial design, exhibit design and product design and possess a strong understanding of manufacturing capabilities, playground requirements and safety. Together, we collaborate with sales representatives, architects and engineers and work closely with you to make sure you get exactly the playground you imagined.

Find the Resources to Create the Playground You Want

A big part of building any playground is ensuring that you have the financial resources to buy high-quality equipment that has been tested for safety and performance.

There are a number of ways to get the money you need to cover the costs of the purchasing and installing new equipment for your playground project such as Playground Purchasing Contracts, Grants, Playground Fundraising and Community Building.

Miracle Recreation is proud to partner with Sourcewell. Sourcewell, (formerly known as NJPA — the National Joint Powers Alliance) a government-sourcing program that assists public agencies with the costs of their purchased goods by pooling purchasing power. Sourcewell allows you to break through the bid process barriers with a less complicated way of meeting your purchasing needs. Sourcewell goes through the same competitive bid process, so you don’t have to, allowing you to satisfy your local bid requirements quickly and effectively.

Miracle Recreation is proud to be a General Services Administration (GSA)-approved vendor for playground equipment, site amenities, and surfacing products. Use GSA # GS-03F-072GA to take advantage of special government pricing on Miracle Recreation products.

Potential California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) contractors can access tools to search for an appropriate Federal GSA schedule that meets the requirements for a CMAS application. Not all GSA schedules are acceptable as the base for a CMAS application.

Grants come from many sources.  You can apply for grants from local, state or federal government, large businesses or non-profit organizations that can help finance your playground project.  Miracle Playsystems also offers a Grant Matching program. Let us help you find the perfect fit!

National Grants:

This form of financing is available to playgrounds across the country.

Corporate Grants:

Some businesses support communities by offering money for playground equipment. These are private grants.

Government Grants:

Government agencies offer to fund many community and school projects, including playgrounds.

Regional Grants:

Your county, municipality or other local government may have programs and grants in place to encourage community development or programs for children. In some cases, this funding can be used for playgrounds.

Miracle Playsystems is pleased to offer a special matching grant program, helping you achieve up to 40% off savings on your playground equipment!

This opportunity is available to all public school districts, cities, counties, and park districts in qualifying locations in Central and Northern California.

Tips for Getting Grant Funding for Playground Equipment

  • Start early Start seeking funding as soon as you start planning. Applying for grants can take time.

  • Apply for every grant for which you are eligible Continue to apply, especially since you may need to combine funding resources to cover the whole cost of your playground.

  • Write the best applications possible Lots of organizations compete for grants, so always work with the strongest writer you have and follow the instructions on grant applications very closely.

Eligibility requirements vary widely, depending on the grant. Some are only for non-profit organizations or require you to show how your playground will help your community.


A playground is a priceless addition to any park, school or organization. It encourages kids to stay happy and healthy through active play, and it helps them become productive members of their community. By providing a playground for your community’s children, you’ll give them lasting memories and confidence that they’ll carry for a lifetime.

To build the perfect playground for your community, you’ll first need a budget for installation, equipment and maintenance — which is why playground fundraising is a fantastic way to start your project. Fundraising helps you bring your dream playground to life on any budget — even if you don’t currently have enough funds. And while you raise money for new equipment, you’ll also bring the community together to shape the lives and futures of your area’s children.

No matter what your fundraising goals are, we’re here to help. Whether you want to raise funds for a small new swing set or a large playground structure, we’ll help you create a custom program suited for your needs. You’ll find peace of mind knowing that the children of your community can enjoy durable playground equipment for years to come.


Establishing a community build playground project can save you money, and prove to be a very valuable and rewarding experience. Playgrounds are natural gathering places where local children and families from all walks of life can play and socialize together with a shared sense of community. When developing your playground, you can rally that community spirit and enthusiasm to recruit local volunteers to join you in a Community Build project.

What Are the Benefits of a Community Build Playground?

  • More playground for your money

  • Up to 30% total project savings

  • Builds strong relationships with civic groups and neighbors

  • Creates a sense of community pride and ownership

Can You Do It?

Here are some things that need to be considered in order to do a community build:

  • Organizing 5-8 committees and recruiting volunteers

  • Fundraising and/or seeking in-kind donations

  • Volunteer training

  • Involving kids

  • Safety

  • Site prep and/or old playground removal

  • Build day activities, equipment, food, and drink

  • Hard, physical and rewarding work

  • Grand opening planning and celebration

Get Your Community Build Started!

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