Playground Element

girl in white long sleeve shirt and black skirt sitting on swing during day time
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Our family is growing and so we wanted to add an entertainment area for our grandchildren to enjoy when they come visit us. Since our backyard has a significant downhill slope (Zone A), we needed to create a level area in which to install the planned play area.

To do this, we knew we would have to build a level area and that a retaining wall would be needed. We didn’t want to infringe on our lawn area, so we found a place at our woods’ edge that would work nicely.

Here is the site we chose:

Our company, Spring Gardens, creates designs using photo imaging, so we drew up a plan as to how we wanted this area to look.

Here is the design concept:

To bring this design to life, Spring Gardens built a stacked timber wall that began where the woods’ edge meets the manicured lawn. The wall was built to counteract the grade by maintaining a level base. This resulted in a four foot wall at the back of this area. We then installed a cedar split rail fence for safety reasons.

Finally, we finished the area by installing soil to establish a firm level surface, followed by an apx 6″ depth of playground chips for a soft surface. Our crew then assembled the playset and set it in place.

See below:

The result is a new play area in our yard that will bring a lot of joy to the kiddos!

Since installation, we had a little more fun by adding night lighting to the playground. PLUS, we were greeted by this wonderful rainbow.


“When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A Sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.” ~ Fred Rogers

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