School Playground Updates Begin with a Free Needs Assessment!

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

School is back in session! After this roller coaster of a year, it's nice to have something "normal" to look forward to. We are excited to see kids back at school and enjoying the simple things like recess. Outside play is so crucial for students, especially now with outdoor activities being one of the safer things they can do. Recess also gives kids a break from the rigors of the classroom and it offers cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons. Miracle Playsystems Michigan understands this and wants to make sure all of our Michigan school districts have the tools they need to provide a safe, creative and fun outdoor play environment.

Start with a FREE Needs Assessment!

Miracle Playsystems Michigan works with schools on a consistent basis by updating playground equipment or repairing or replacing playground elements. Many times playgrounds are stretched to their limits and aren't updated as soon as they should be due to funding issues or other limitations within the District. Funding challenges for schools is a consistent problem. It can be frustrating and time consuming to deal with but we want you to know we can help! A Needs Assessment is often the first step in learning what needs to be repaired, replaced or added to schools. Our playground experts are versed in all things playground including safety standards, trends, and observing the needs of each unique school.

A Needs Assessment is a valuable tool to help you establish an understanding of your long-term playground planning needs and the cost to make such upgrades. You'll in turn have a budget estimate to drop into your future budgets. Perhaps the most valuable part is that it can set you up to apply for and receive new funding! You can use it to apply for grant or bond funds. It can also be used to solicit donations from community organizations. Nearly 71% of our clients who use this assessment successfully secure the funds needed to replace outdated and unsafe play structures.

Take Advantage of Bond Funds for Updating your Equipment

There is no time like the present to take a good inventory of your playground's equipment and assets to determine which are most in need of upgrades or replacements. It's no small task but luckily, Miracle Playsystems Michigan offers FREE Needs Assessments that will essentially do this work for you! With a Needs Assessment Proposal in your hand, you can determine what improvements are most needed and allocate the Bond funds towards those improvements first.

What is Included in a Needs Assessment Proposal?

Next Steps and Other Areas for Improvement

Playgrounds are just the beginning. Schools often need various site amenities to make students comfortable between classes, at lunch or having classes or projects outside. Sometimes a simple bench can make a world of difference for a middle school who is trying to spread out the lunchtime crowd. To encourage creative expression, a school might add an outdoor amphitheater or stage which can be for multiple uses like drama class, lunchtime seating or outdoor learning. A music teacher would benefit from outdoor musical instruments which is a wonderful way to bring teaching outside not to mention create a wonderful atmosphere of music throughout the school. Don't forget about exercise and sports! Adding a new basketball hoop or cluster of outdoor fitness equipment takes P.E. to the next level! Check out our Site Amenities page on our website for more fabulous ideas!

Whatever the need, we can help! Contact Miracle Playsystems today!

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