Inclusive Playground Design
Superior Playgrounds believes a playground should address the needs of all children, even those with limited abilities. To include children of all abilities, it's essential to design and install commercial playgrounds that encompass play components that allow children to develop their physical, social, sensory, and cognitive skills. From ADA ramps and handrails to fun activity panels that entice the senses, All playgrounds should focus on inclusion and include ADA ramps and handrails to fun activity panels that entice the senses. This ensures children of all abilities have a great play experience.
Benefits of Community Playgrounds
The benefits of bringing your community together with an inclusive playground are immeasurable on a social, physical, and emotional spectrum. When a child has physical challenges that prohibit him or her from entering and engaging with a traditional playground through ladders, stairs, etc., it hinders his or her right to simply play and be a child. Offering a commercial playground for everyone to enjoy allows children to engage with other children of different abilities and backgrounds, which helps develop crucial social, physical, and emotional skills. So it only makes sense to invest in creating a play environment that prepares future generations to communicate and engage with people with different abilities other than their own.
What is an Inclusive Playground?
Instead of just providing accessibility to play, we create inclusive play environments that provide unique opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to engage in their right to play together. Outdoor play spaces that break down both physical barriers to access and social barriers to participate can unite communities in meaningful ways. All children will be able to reap the lifelong developmental, physical, and social benefits of inclusion.
Things to Include When Designing an Inclusive Playground:
- Access points: Provide multiple opportunities for individuals to independently access play and engage in intuitive play patterns.
- Integration: Include play events that children of all abilities can access throughout the play environment in order to encourage inclusion among all children.
- Variety: Offer a balance of meaningful play activities that support the physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communicative needs of all children.
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Play Equipment that Welcomes Children of All Abilities
Intergenerational Playground Equipment
When planning your inclusive playground, consider adding multigenerational, or intergenerational, playground equipment. This play equipment is designed to bring people of all ages and abilities together. Consider our See Me Swing, Daisy Dash, or our outdoor fitness equipment.
Design Your Inclusive Play Area with Superior
Let us help you from start to finish with your outdoor recreational projects. From inclusive playground designs, integrating shade and shelter, to site amenities, and beyond, take the first step today to make your vision a reality with Superior Playgrounds. Use the form below to start the conversation!