Step 1: Getting Started Is Easy!
Design Days are the community-based kick-off events where projects really begin to take shape.
You’ll need a core committee of 10 to 12 hardworking volunteers in place as well as the General Coordinator(s). You’ll need to select one or more possible sites for your project and get any necessary local approvals. (Our Design Day checklist tucked in the folder on the last page will help you cover all your bases.) We’ll ask you to send the Design Day request form (also in the folder) along with a $250 retainer, which will be applied to your Design Day invoice. We then supply you with printed project guides that include detailed instructions and helpful suggestions on how to proceed step by step through the process. We’ll also be specific about what we’ll need to receive from you early on, such as surveys and photographs of possible sites. Then we’ll work with you to find the best time to schedule your Design Day.
The planning guides provide details on the various coordinators you’ll need to recruit, such as fundraising, public relations, volunteers, etc. It is especially important to form a children’s committee early in the process. Remember: the children in your community are the key to your project’s success. An active, well-organized children’s committee generates interest, enthusiasm, and support among parents and other adults. They are a vital link between the people who will build the playground and the people who will use it.
While you’re thinking about your options, remember that we’re as close as your phone. Every project is different, and we understand that you’ll probably want to ask questions before you make a commitment. Give us a call, and one of our community organizers will be happy to talk with you.