Your Playground Journey: Fundraising

It’s important to have a clear idea of what you’re working towards in order to maximize your fundraising efforts. Dakota Playground aims to provide you with the right resources to help define your goal! Ask yourself important details such as playground location and size along with the ages and abilities of children on this playground. One of the most important and complex pieces of your playground journey is fundraising, which is why we’ve put together this helpful guide for your next project.
     1. Fundraising Committee

Your fundraising committee should consist of a variety of different people. Recruit a grant writer, add a marketing or PR individual to your team, and anyone who is passionate about the playground project. Lastly, you’ll need to assign a leader to keep the committee organized and on task.

      2. Prepare a Budget

Prepare a budget for your fundraising efforts. Having a budget allows the project to be more manageable among committee members. A budget also shows the community and potential donors that you are knowledgeable and serious about the project.

     3. Contact a Vendor Early

Contacting a vendor early can help you create a realistic budget. Your vendor is meant to be a resource and will guide you every step of the way to make sure your project is successful. Asking the right questions here can be impactful for the future of your playground. Has the vendor’s install crew gone through certification training? Is/Has the playground equipment been patented or patent pending? What are the lead time averages for manufacturing? Are they local? What is the process for getting replacement parts if needed? What is your budget for playground/park maintenance?

Rest assured, Dakota Playground has all of these questions answered. We are a full service, local company that provides high quality products and can help you! Dakota Playground is: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certified, International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) certified, American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) certified and our playground installers are Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI).

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     4. Design Your Playground

Color, theme and accessibility are important parts of a playground. Meet with our team of experts! We offer design planning assistance at no cost and can develop both 2D and 3D design plans that meet all of your preferences so you can see exactly what your playground will look like. We are happy to design adjustments and help you choose a theme or color palette that fit your project. Below, you can see a 3D rendering of Maplewood Park in West Fargo, ND (right) in comparison to the completed playground project (left)!

     5. Start Fundraising!

Fundraising can come in many forms and is an integral part of your playground project. There are many ways to raise money. Examine our fundraising ideas and grant opportunities for ideas and inspiration.

     6. Board Approval

Follow your area’s rules and regulations to get the approvals you require. Coordinate with the involved district to uncover policies that might affect the playground. You’re almost finished!

     7. Playground Build

Work with your playground vendor to have the equipment installed or bring in volunteers for a community build to reduce cost. This is where your patience is tested. You see your vision come to life, slowly but surely!

     8. Celebration!

It’s time to celebrate your success because your playground is complete! Hold a grand opening event to invite community members, your local park and recreation and those who helped make your playground dreams come true. This is a great way to acknowledge all those who have helped build, donate, or plan this playground.

If you need additional help planning your playground or would like to discuss your playground dreams, contact our Dakota Playground team at or call us at 701-237-6181.