City parks are serve complex and diverse needs, from recreation, to beautification, to providing a gathering space for citizens. One of the most valuable tools in discovering the trends, demographics, popular amenities, and usage data of city parks is The Trust for Public Land’s annual City Park Facts report.
Have you ever run into these comments and observations when planning a playground? Why do we need to worry about inclusive design, isn’t inclusion just a fad? Do we really need to make our playground inclusive, we don’t have any children with disabilities in our neighborhood? I never see anyone with a disability at our parks. We don’t have any children with disabilities involved in our parks and rec programs, so why do we need to worry about making our facilities inclusive?