Case Example: Use a Variety of Surfacing Options to Promote Inclusion

A Dream Come True park, in Harrisburg, VA, incorporates a variety of elements to ensure that children of all abilities can play together. 

This destination park incorporates a variety of elements to ensure that children of all abilities can play together. The use of unitary and loose fill surfacing provides accessible routes throughout the play environment, and the creative use of color, textures, and loose part play offer additional play value and organization for the users.



Both unitary and loose fill surfacing are strategically used around adaptive swing seats to provide the best option for accessibility in a cost-effective way.


Color & Texture

Using a variety of surfacing options including turf, poured-in-place (PIP), and engineered wood fiber (EWF) provides multi-sensory features such as color and texture, while providing visual organization and cues within the play environment.


Level & Stable

PIP is commonly utilized around playground equipment to provide a low maintenance safety surface for children developing skills such as climbing.


Loose Part Play & Naturalization

Naturalized pathways, boundaries and planting pockets provide sensory appeal and encourage physical activity. Children enjoy and benefit from loose part play interacting with EWF, sand, and child-friendly plants.

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