DIY: Outdoor Balance Beams

There are several interesting designs for low-cost outdoor balance beams.

Using pressure-treated 4x4s and patio footing hardware, you can install a simple balance beam.  You can interconnect any number of 4x4s, as shown below.

Simple Balance Beam Installed near Bluff, Utah

Simple Balance Beam Installed near Bluff, Utah

The patio hardware can be concreted in.

Patio Footing Used for Balance Beam

Patio Footing Used for Balance Beam

Concreting in the Beam Footings

Concreting in the Beam Footings

There are a variety of permutations possible off this simple design.

Possible Designs for 4x4 Balance Beams

Possible Designs for 4×4 Balance Beams

I observed another interesting balance apparatus in a playground in northern Uganda (installed by East Africa Playgrounds, an English NGO).  It involves the creative use of old tires.

Balance Beam in Norther Uganda Made of Old Tires by East African Playgrounds

Balance Apparatus in Northern Uganda Made of Old Tires by East African Playgrounds

A possible permutation of this design involves a tow strap stretched between vertical short sections of log.  This design could also be used in a slack line configuration, with a thinner strap replacing the tow line.

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2 Responses to DIY: Outdoor Balance Beams

  1. Russell says:

    Love hearing about your work with the playgrounds. Have you read the following article. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/science/19tierney.html?_r=0

    Any thoughts?

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