Product of the Week – Funky Monkey Bars

Maybe you are on the lookout for an adventure playground that will stand out from the crowd.  Well, we may have found the product for you (and the kids)!

Product of the Week – Funky Monkey Bars

Author: Amy Davidson

I have always found there to be a huge divide between commercial and domestic playgrounds – both in price and quality.  We have completed hundreds of landscapes for schools, civic areas, private residences and commercial sites.  The commercial projects are well serviced by playground companies and there is a plethora of equipment out there – provided you have the budget for it and can wait 8 weeks for shipping from Scandinavia.

(www.lappset.com)

On average, playground equipment for a local park can cost anywhere from $150,000 to $2 million. Those little rockers generally come with a price tag of $5,000 each.  The recently completed Booran Reserve playground in Glen Eira came in at phenomenal $10.8 million.

Booran Reserve (City of Glen Eira)

Commercial playgrounds can be big business. On the domestic side, two or three companies dominate the wooden cubby house scene and price the products highly.  Plastic play equipment litters hard rubbish collections on naturestrips everywhere suggesting what the quality and cost of this option is.

(www.gumtree.com.au)

I have frequently encouraged domestic clients to consider commercial equipment if they can afford it (with hopes some cost can be re-couped when the equipment is resold on Gumtree or Ebay when the kids have outgrown it).

The domestic play equipment market is a very different landscape and can be frustrating as a designer.  Enter Funky Monkey Bars.  I came across this Australian designed and manufactured (very rare to find now) outdoor play equipment provider at the recent Flower and Garden Show.

This company creates modular play equipment that is height adjustable and has different elements that can be swapped in and out as confidence and ability grows. The equipment is high quality, made from powder coated galvanised steel and is free standing (so doesn’t need to be concreted in – finally an option for renters and temporary spaces). The products comply with Australian safety standards and are easy to assemble and install.

(www.funkymoneybars.com.au)

The prices are very reasonable, and I really like that equipment pieces can be added or taken away.  The company has also branched into modular gym equipment. So, there is no need to list it on Gumtree when the kids have outgrown it – just drop in the gym options.

 

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