Think outside of the box. It is easy to just place different play and sports equipment in a park, but is that all that is needed for an inspiring time together with friends?
Give room for imagination and other types of play too! Make the safety surface blue and design it to look like a waves on a stormy day. Implement nature within the park with rocks, trees and natural surfaces like real grass. Make the whole park a gigantic board game where the player is the pawn, or hide educational Easter eggs in the area.
And the two most important steps?
Don’t be afraid of carousels and other fast-running or spinning equipment. Spinning till you get sick is (especially for kids) one of the most joyful experiences in the park. It is even good for their brains and evolvement of their sense of balance.
The same goes for heights! What is scary for one child, might not even be a challenge for the other. Don’t dull the playground out in fear of risks as it will probably make the area less attractive and fun.
What gives a better feeling of accomplishment both to child and adult than overcoming a challenge and conquering a fear?