When your landscape design prioritizes a more active outdoor living space for the adults, you’ll want to incorporate ways to keep the kids outside, too. Be sure your landscape design includes a play area or structure for small kids, or pursue another creative concept if you have older children living in your Somers, NY, home or visiting frequently. Add these ideas to your inspiration pile as you explore landscape additions and structures that will be inviting to the younger members of your family.
Wooden Rock Wall
Rock walls are a great addition to any backyard playground. They can be as simple as a 5 to 6 feet tall with durable climbing holds. Or you could look into a large structure with different walls heights and climbing surfaces such as nets and ropes. If you are concerned about the safety of a rock wall, know that they tend to be built with a slight forward angle to help with grip and have a limited height to prevent injuries from falls. This will surely be a favorite addition to your next playground thanks to all of the different climbing routes your children can enjoy time and time again.
A simple zip line is a great addition if you have the room, and it could connect to a new playground structure. Run a zip line the length of monkey bars for an extra way to get around the playground for the little ones.
There are a few configurations to choose from depending on how high and long you desire the zip line. A common material used is a simple rope with a small seat so that your kids don't have to solely rely on their grip to stay on the zip line.
Giant Net Hammock
This is an addition that can be enjoyed by the whole family thanks to its size and strength. Net hammocks are made out of special, high-strength net tied to several points so that multiple people can gather on safely, all at the same time. If you have a cluster of trees or a sturdy playground you are about to put in place, this could be an addition you’ll want to consider having installed as well. Implementing sturdy wooden posts could also make a net hammock possible.
If your kids love or have always wanted a trampoline, then this is a twist on the traditional setup that is considered safer than above-ground trampolines. The leading cause of serious injuries on a trampoline in children is falling from an above-ground trampoline onto the hard ground. With an in-ground trampoline, you are taking away 2 to 3 feet from the height, making the whole experience much safer. This method of installation for a trampoline also looks much better aesthetically since it does away with the unsightly view of metal pipes and ladders that show with the traditional structures. In-ground trampolines also eliminate the possibility of it being blown away during high winds, which eliminates damage to the trampoline and your property.
If you already have some ideas of the type of play structures you would like to incorporate in your landscape design, Manzer’s Landscape Design and Development Inc. can help you refine them into a workable plan. More time spent outdoors is made possible when a landscape has areas and features that meet each family member’s needs.