Accessible Playgrounds, Inclusive Play, ADA Requirements, Playground Design

Summer 2015

Accessible Playgrounds, Inclusive Play, ADA Requirements, Playground Design

There are several reasons why accessibility is such an important issue for playgrounds. First of all, it is the law; any new playgrounds built after March 15, 2012 are required to follow the ADA guidelines. Secondly, although the number of children who use mobility devices may seem to be a small percentage, those children still have the right to access play areas as much as others do. 

In This Issue...

Accessible vs. Inclusive
By: Mara Kaplan
Accessibility is about travel, movement, and approach or entry. So a playground that is accessible is one that is easy for a person who uses a mobility device to maneuver to and around. An inclusive playground is one that has an aim to make it not only accessible, but to encourage and enable...
Peggy Greenwell
By: Peggy Greenwell
Peggy Greenwell has been an accessibility specialist with the US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) since November 1992. Her responsibilities include providing technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (...
The Impact of ADA on Playground Design
By: Jay Beckwith
The citizens of the United States are to be congratulated for taking the lead to enhance access to play areas. With promulgation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards, playgrounds across the country have been transformed. Typical of most visionary movements, the results have been a...
Universal Design and Social Equity in Our Parks & Playgrounds
By: Ingrid Kanics
Parks and recreation professionals are challenged to consider universal design and social equity when designing their parks. The focus is on good design that allows for human diversity, social inclusion, and equality for all who might come to the park without need for adaptation or specialized...
ADA Act Effect Playgrounds
By: Jennifer Skulski
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Being reflective of an anniversary as people often are, we thought we would take some time to reflect on the evolution of the accessibility guidelines for play areas, what we know now that we didn’t know back then...
ADA Requirements
By: John McGovern
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) imposes simple concepts, like nondiscrimination, on many environments, including playgrounds. Playgrounds are, however, complex environments. The resulting requirements for new playgrounds as well as existing ones vary based on whether they are government-...
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
ADA.gov - U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Rights Divisionwww.ada.gov 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 (202) 307-0663 ADA National Networkadata.org (800) 949-4232 American Association on Health and Disabilitywww.aahd.us 110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328-J Rockville, MD...