• Where do you source your play equipment?
    • We work with Rainbow Play Systems Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of wooden play sets for both residential and commercial use.
    • We also work with Japanese play equipment manufacturers when funding permits. 
  • Are wooden play sets appropriate for Japan?
    • Of course! Wooden play sets are used all over the world due wood’s strength and its ease to work with and repair. 
  • Who is responsible for the maintenance of the play sets?
    • In most cases, the local community, park department, school owner etc. carries out the maintenance per Rainbow Play Systems Inc. guidelines which include, cleaning, sand papering, applying wood epoxy to cracks, painting and bolt tightening; none of which require special tools or expertise.
    • Donors and volunteers will often revisit the site during the first two to three years to take part in the maintenance, build a new bench, plant some flowers, and, weather permitting, a barbeque party.
  • Does the play equipment you provide meet Japanese safety regulations?
    • Yes. All of our “commercial use” play sets meet or exceed Japanese Park Facility Association (JPFA) safety guidelines.
  • Who builds the play sets?
    • Our play sets are built by volunteers and local community members, led by a team of trained play equipment installers who certify that it was assembled and installed according to manufacturer specifications.
  • Are you insured?
    • Yes. All play sets and installation sites are covered by both Product Liability (up to USD 5 million per incident) and Personal Injury insurance policies (as required by Japanese law).
  • What goes on at a Playground of Hope build?
    • A lot of hard work! We usually spend two days building the play set (including benches for the elderly, soccer goals for the kids, etc.)
    • Budget permitting, we will usually hold an opening ceremony where we invite 50-200 community members to join us in eating hamburgers, hotdogs,  and for a balloon cutting ceremony followed by playing on the play set.
  • About how much does it cost to build a playset?
    • Costs vary depending on the scope of the project. As an NPO, we are able to build play spaces 60% to 70% cheaper than normal.
  • How are these funded?
    • We take small and large donations. And we’re very grateful for what people are able to do.
    • Some great corporate sponsors have gone as far as sponsoring an entire play set or community park on their own. We’re looking for new sources of funding. If you have ideas or want to be involved, please reach out to us. 
  • How do you decide who gets a play set?
    • We have a simple application process to determine local commitment and need. Please contact us and we will be happy to send you a copy.
    • If you meet our financial criteria we will provide fully funded play equipment and volunteer installation services, etc.
    • In the case that your school, businesses, etc. is not eligible for a fully funded project, we can provide subsidized or discount play sets and we can teach your own volunteers how to install thereby significantly reducing your play equipment purchase costs.
  • What are the best locations for a play set?
    • Any place kids might play and communities might gather, including but not limited to;
    • Elementary schools, nursery schools, community parks, athletic fields, temporary housing units, etc.
  • I know a good location for a Playground of Hope. What should I do?
    • Easy. Just contact us and we can fax or e-mail you an application. Just fill it out and send it to us and we will reply within 48 hours.
  • My company wants to get involved, what can they do?
    • We work with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Human Resource (HR) divisions as well as Sales and Marketing Departments. Please contact us to see how Playground of Hope can help realize strategic objectives.
  • What is a Playground of Hope Corporate Training Build like?
    • We invite 10-35 members of your company to join us on a two or three day build. We take you through six steps and a bunch of hard work. There’s plenty of time for group bonding, reflection, and usually a fun dinner in between. We also teach training sessions on entrepreneurial thinking, brainstorming, and the like.
  • Can I participate on a build or on other things in Tokyo?
    • Yes. Please contact us. We have tons of projects to get done from our office or from your home.
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