This is perhaps the most important piece of the playscape project: The Plan! Our Master Plans consist of color drawings of your space accompanied by a written narrative describing all the features and areas (plus an initial “wish list” of materials and volunteer labor for the project.)
A Master Plan is a great idea for both groups who are creating a brand new outdoor environment as well as for folks looking to spruce up an existing space.
A Master Plan is an important tool:
- Helps you visualize your new space and goals.
- Helps potential funders and donors see your playscape dream and how they can help.
- Helps the planning process whether you are planning to build all at once or in phases over time.
We visit your space for 2 days and soak up as much information as we can. We hold brainstorming meetings with staff and parents; we share time with your children indoors and outside to get a feel for what their day is like; we spend time in your outdoor space taking measurements and imagining the possibilities of your new space; and we visit local inspirational community places to get ideas of native plants, local artists, and what the regional history and environment is all about. We then return home to work on your project and create your Master Plan.
While the best way for us to help create a Master Plan is to begin by visiting your space, but we also offer a “remote” Master Plan option where we develop a plan based on drawings, photos, and wish lists that you send us.
Some groups work with us to develop a Master Plan only and then take the project over on their own. Other groups work with us on a total project, from Master Plan through Community-Built Construction.