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Inclusive Play Principles

Inclusive Play Best Practices

The purpose of PlayCore's unique inclusive play programs is to provide evidence-based design and programming considerations for creating outdoor play environments and experiences that address the physical and social inclusion for people of all ages and abilities. These educational resources are designed to help communities move playgrounds beyond minimum accessibility guidelines in an effort to provide inclusive, multigenerational play destinations that encourage active, independent, and meaningful play for everyone. Inclusive play is our passion and purpose. PlayCore is proud to partner with leading experts, Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities and Lekotek, to help champion inclusive play initiatives across the world.


Whole communities start with inclusively designed whole environments which carefully meet the needs of the whole child. Children want to ‘Be’ and feel fair, included, smart, independent, safe, active, and comfortable during play. The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design focus on the usage of individual play activities as well as the context of the overall environmental design. By aligning these design principles and the specific guidelines and considerations, communities can create whole environments that support the active participation of all people, of all ages, and all abilities.

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Comprehensive Companion Programs


Me2℠: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®

  • - Design guidebook of best practices and considerations for upgrading existing or designing new outdoor inclusive play environments
  • - Supportive research, community engagement strategies, and advocacy resources
  • - Model inclusive play case examples

Request your copy of the Me2 Guidebook

2 Play Together

2 Play Together®: Fostering Friendships Through Inclusive Play

  • - Playground activities and programming tips designed to create awareness, break down barriers, and foster friendships between children of all abilities
  • - Supportive research and disability awareness tools
  • - Playground activities aligned to character education

Request your copy of the 2 Play Together Guidebook

Our Partners

PlayCore is proud to partner with leading experts, Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities and Lekotek, to help champion inclusive play initiatives across the world.

Utah State University

Designing Research-Based Whole Environments

The Center for Persons with Disabilities is a National Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities located at Utah State University. It is a dynamic collection of over 70 projects, guided by a goal to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. This is done through research, education, demonstration services and technical assistance.

Learn more about Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities


Playground Activities for Programming Inclusive Play

Lekotek is a nonprofit organization serving a network of affiliates, organizations, professionals, and families through toys and play since 1980. Lekotek strives to make the world of play accessible to all children, and promotes play products as tools for children to learn, develop skills and reach milestones.

Learn more about Lekotek

National Demonstration Site

By thoughtfully aligning your outdoor play environment with the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®, your project can be designated as a National Demonstration Site (NDS). Each NDS project is included in a network of leadership case examples that address local needs and goals of community stakeholders, deploy research-based best practices throughout the environment, and focus on collecting meaningful outcomes.


Join us in our mission to build communities through the power of inclusive play. Together we can create inclusive play spaces that develop the whole child, the whole environment, and ultimately, whole communities.


Want to join the movement, share your story with others, and gain national recognition? Email us today to learn more about our National Demonstration Site program: info@playcore.com

Build your Inclusive Play Toolkit!

Mobilizing resources and aligning advocacy efforts can greatly impact inclusive play for every child, every play environment, and every community. We can help you get started! Fill out the form below to receive more information about our National Demonstration Site program.

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