No Barriers to Play
We firmly believe that there should be no barriers to play. Everyone should be able to be included and enjoy themselves on the park on a sunny afternoon. One of our main goals for our company is to provide as many inclusive and accessible options as possible. We do this by sourcing accessible equipment pieces, surfacing, and other games that can be added to existing playgrounds. We work hard to be one of the leading suppliers in the province for inclusive play equipment. We are proud to stay on top of our learning so we are up to date with all the latest compliance updates and changes.
Designing an Accessible Play Space
We work with many different suppliers for our projects. Our playgrounds are supplied by Henderson Recreation, and they offer a litany of different accessible options, from play panels, Rock & Waves, and ramps. Other elements can be included alongside the playground, like accessible monster trucks (fixed into the ground) and transfer stations to ensure that everyone is thought of. Our splash pads are supplied by Water Odyssey, and are one of the most unique play space elements as almost all pieces are intrinsically accessible.
Designing an inclusive play space can be difficult if you aren’t sure what to look for. Make sure you take into consideration wheelchair users, mobility device users, people with poor stamina, poor balance, muscle weakness, limited use of arms and hands, limited dexterity, cognitive difficulties, hearing disabilities, and visual disabilities. This will help to ensure that you are including an element for anybody – no matter what their abilities are. Another area to look out for is accessible paths of travel. Are the paths to and from wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility devices? Are there multiple ways in and out of the play space and multiple ways to use and access the play equipment?
7 Steps to Universal Design
To make it easier, there are 7 Steps to Universal Design which include equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, size and space for approach and use. These steps act as a sort of checklist to keep with you while you organize which elements to purchase and to put where. Lastly, surfacing is a really important part of accessibility. For all projects, we suggest pour in place rubber from Shermco as it is the best option for all types of abilities. Woodchips can also be used; they just need to be packed down quite a bit. And remember, at the end of the day, there are many different resources that you can tap into the make the best, most inclusive playground. We can help you with this if you’d like to contact us!