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5 Park Site Amenities Your Design Might Be Missing


Park site amenities refer to various features and facilities provided in a park or recreation area to enhance the visitor experience. These amenities can vary widely depending on the type and size of the park, its location and the needs of its users. Most people are aware that parks benefit from having accessible restrooms, trash cans and picnic areas, but what are some other amenities you may be missing out on?

Below are five park site amenities that we feel most park designs can benefit from - and ones you probably aren’t thinking of!

1. Trails and Pathways

Trails and pathways are common amenities that provide opportunities for walking, jogging, biking or rollerblading. When creating your park design, consider what trails and pathways are available. You may have a short path for entering and exiting your playground, but what about the surrounding area?

For example, you can incorporate play and fitness trails into your design. These ‘playful pathways’ combine nature-themed playground equipment with trails and greenways to create an engaging experience for all families. You can also appeal to adults by including fitness stations along the trail.

2. Grills

If your park is large and able to accommodate public events, birthday parties, Girl Scout troops and more, consider adding a few grills to your space. Make sure you check with the city’s guidelines first. Grills are usually safe, though they need to be away from trees.

Not to mention, many people use gas grills instead of charcoal grills, so it’s nice for the community to have access to charcoal grills at their convenience. They are simple and easy to use, and people don’t have to worry about dragging their own grills to the park.

3. Water Features

Children playing with water play equipment at park

Water features, such as ponds, lakes and rivers, can be the perfect enhancement for your park, especially if people can fish or rent a boat. Having these extra activities will make your park appealing to a wider range of people - perfect for multi-generational play! Maybe even include a fountain in the middle for aesthetic purposes.

If you’re not building a park near a body of water, you can always incorporate water into your design by adding a splash pad. These water play areas can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be. You can offer a few ground sprays and playable fountains - perfect for cooling off - or a full play structure with waterslides, dumping buckets and play structures.

4. Dog Park Equipment

Between 2016 and 2020, the percentage of U.S. households that own dogs increased by 6.1 percent. With over 65 million households owning dogs, it’s safe to say that many of the people visiting your park will be dog owners. Why not make it a happier and more inclusive place for everyone?

Dog park equipment can be easily integrated into your park design. Cunningham Recreation offers individual pieces or complete dog park courses. As long as this area is fenced off from the general public, it won’t interfere with anyone’s experience at the park. In fact, it will enhance it because dogs will have their own space to play!

5. Sports Equipment

sports equipment basketball court at park

Finally, consider adding sports equipment to your park, such as basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and other playing areas. This is beneficial for everyone because kids and adults can throw a baseball or kick around a soccer ball without being too close to other park goers. And for those who don’t enjoy sports, consider adding a relaxing wildlife or nature viewing area!

Cunningham Recreation has tons of site furnishings for your playground, including shade structures, safety surfacing, picnic areas and more! Hopefully these out-of-the-box ideas will help you finalize your park design. Contact us today to learn more about our park site amenities and how they can benefit your concept.