The Average Cost for Elementary Playground Equipment

Costs for elementary playground equipment depends on the chosen elements.

Elementary school children are between 5 and 12 years old, and in the process of becoming adventurous and daring. Their energy requires a space and a choice of various play equipments which should be in accordance with their abilities, and help their natural, age-appropriate development. The cost of the playground equipment at their school depends on the size of the area, and the chosen elements. Prices are as of this publication date.

1 Swings

Swings are a common feature on elementary school playgrounds, and a favorite among children of all ages. By using swings, children develop both gross and fine motor skills as well as gaining fitness, thinking skills and participation in social interaction. Depending on size, swing sets at time of publication cost between $699 and $2,725.

2 Slides

Using slides promotes physical fitness because they demand children use their core muscles while ascending the ladder and moving down in an upright position. They are also good for confidence building and require taking turns. Slides for children in elementary school age cost between $4,500 and $7,000.

3 Climbers

Climbing equipment for playgrounds come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including freestanding bars and ladders, chain climbers, panels and towers. Some form of climbing equipment can be found on all elementary school playgrounds, as the equipment not only promotes physical activity, but also demands the use of cognitive and thinking skills. Climbers for elementary school playgrounds cost between $500 and $1,500.

4 Structures

Play structures have become a popular feature on school playgrounds, as they combine various equipments in a single facility. Structures usually contain climbing features, slides, balancing elements and panels. They offer space and money-saving solutions, as less freestanding equipment has to be bought, and the allocated space for the playground can be reduced. Playground structures cost between $7,500 and $13,000.

5 Special Needs Equipment

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires local governments and schools to make playgrounds accessible to students with special needs. Accessibility features can include ramps, adaptive swing seats, and braille or activity panels. Ramps cost from $450, while adaptive swings are an average of $500. Braille and activity panels cost from $800.

6 Surfaces

To ensure the safety of the children during their activities, the playground needs to be equipped with surfaces that prevent injuries during slips and falls. Elementary schools use a variety of materials for playground surfaces, including mulch, synthetic turfs and pour-in-place foam. Mulch cost an average $4.30 per square foot, and artificial playground turf is between $9 and $13 per square foot. Prices for poured-in-place foam are quote-based.

Based in the U.K., Petra Turnbull has been working as a journalist since 1989. Her articles on the film and book trades have been published in "Screen International," "Dagens Naringsliv," "Film Magasinet" and other Scandinavian newspapers and magazines. She now manages her own book shop. Turnbull holds degrees in law and economics from Goethe University, Germany and Oslo Business School in Norway.