When we lecture about or discuss NaturalPlaygrounds, the one question we always
get? "What about maintenance?" - asked in a challenging manner, and as though
nothing else requires it....
it is!), you'll find a way to take care of it!"
We don't know how to make the expense of catalog playgrounds more clear. Spend
$150,000 today on one, and every 15 years thereafter like clockwork, spend another
$150,000, so it's really $10,000 a year every year forever!
every year, and replacing hooks, and hinges, and other things that wear out.
the earth. This is their corner of the world.
This is theirs to take care of (and yours, too), so spend time learning about caring for
living things so you can teach them how to do it, too. Let them learn what it takes to
help grass survive. Let them figure out why the grass looks brown, or why it got green
again when it warmed up. Let them discover that weeds are welcome, that dirt stores
food for plants, and how flowers drink water.
what gives them character, and depth, and intrigue, and challenge. And that's what
makes them worth maintaining. And like we said before, hills and valleys and rock
climbing walls and gardens and boulders and orchards and trees and huge sand
play areas last forever. You never have to replace them! You just need to care for them.
And they won't cost you $10,000 a year forever, like the ones from catalogues.