Inclusive Play Design in Commercial Playgrounds
Making playgrounds fun for all abilities!
ADA-Accessible play, or "Inclusive Play" as it is known, is popularly becoming an integral part of commercial playground design.
Children in wheelchairs or with various sensory or visual challenges can still
participate along with their friends in Inclusive Playground designs.
UPC Parks uses ADA standards* for accessible design for access and use by individuals with disabilities.
All UPC Parks products are ADA accessible when used individually and when coupled with an ASTM 1951 certified play surface, because they are ground level accessible. When used in groups to create an entire play area, the layout of the parts will determine which parts remain accessible. When an ADA compliant pathway exists to the part, it remains accessible.
In addition to being ground level accessible, UPC Parks also has several components with specific ADA functionality in mind, such as: Ramp Rock, Sequoia Hollow Log and Ruby Falls.
For children with visual or sensory impairments, UPC Parks Creatures and Themed parts may be covered in mosaic tiles. These tiles provide children with a plethora of tactile experiences.
Handicap-accessible commercial playgrounds with inclusive play equipment is an important factor in designing today's parks and playgrounds that will be enjoyed by everyone of all abilities.
*ADA standards reference: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/2010ADAStandards/2010ADAstandards.htm
Ramp Rock has a specially designed flat, smooth surface that allows wheelchair access through the functionally linked Rocks & Ropes parts, to fully immerse all children in the nature play experience.
Ruby Falls is a Creek Play type sand and water table that is push-button activated, resulting in a fast-flowing creek through deltas and dams of sand. A specially designed area allows wheelchair access to pull up to the fun. The wheelchair accessible section should be used with unitary safety surfacing.
The Sequoia Hollow Log features a tree-sized tunnel that although not an ADA pathway, is large enough to allow most wheelchairs easy access. The interior of the log is designed for social interaction and relationship building.