A community playground should be accessible to all the children regardless of their age, class and physical fitness.
The playground should be easily accessible for children with physical disabilities. Many of the modern playground systems are not universally designed, which makes them only accessible to the children with certain physical capabilities.
Accessibility needs should be considered before the planning phase is approved for implementation. Prepare a survey and answer the following questions in order to analyze the accessibility needs for your playground:
- Who are the people in the community?
- How many disable students are there in your community?
- Is my playground easily accessible by the disable children of the community?
- Are the disable kids taking part in the design process?
- What are some of the ideas presented by disabled kids in the design process?
Thorough planning and good community research can make sure that you create a welcoming playground that is easily reached by all the members of the community. Below is the list of some of the things that you should keep in mind in order to make a playground accessible:
- Surfacing of the playground
- Sensory play structures
- Sensory stimulation for children with autism spectrum
- Play structures like benches and stools for reflective play