It is important to note that design of all recreation environments should be carefully created to meet the rich needs and interests of a diverse community. There are a number of ways to think beyond the minimum rules and make the spaces truly inspiring and usable for a greater number of people. These site-specific considerations should be taken into account to support the best practice design guidelines set forth in the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®. This will help ensure the thoughtfulness that went into the play area is extended to promote comfort and increase usage for people of all abilities across a variety of recreational settings.
It is important to consider the unique needs of pet owners with disabilities, many of whom may be accompanied by a service dog.
Accessible picnic elements facilitate inclusion for all.
Swimming is a beneficial and healthy activity for all people, so providing access to the pool is an important consideration for community inclusion.
Spray parks are an exciting, fun way for people to beat the summer heat, and are generally accessible by nature of the flat unitary surfaces found throughout.
Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks
Adding places for adults to work out us another trend for inclusion in parks and a variety of settings.
School Gyms & Youth Recreation
Adaptive climbing walls can provide inclusive physical education, occupational and physical therapy, and opportunities to develop balance, body awareness, and muscle strength, while providing proprioceptive input to improve sensory integration.
Sports & Special Events
The ADA also made provisions so that people who need accommodations can enjoy spectator events in grandstands and stadiums. Wheelchair accessible seating is required to be an integral part of the plan, located on accessible routes of travel that include the parking areas, concessions, and facilities. Also, when audible communications are integral to the use of a stadium, assistive listening systems are required for people with hearing disabilities.
Pop Up Play & Loose Parts
All children benefit from open, manipulative play experiences with their friends. These systems like these provide open play experiences by providing cognitive, sensory, communicative, social, and physical development for children of all abilities.
Special programming increases your commitment to supporting people of all abilities in play and recreation through both specialized and inclusive programs.