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(Company name) Blue Imp
The goal of inclusive playgrounds is to include everyone! That means creating a multi-faceted, sensory-rich play space where families and children—regardless of abilities or disabilities, ages or stages, needs or preferences—can enjoy unstructured outdoor play together.
Inclusive play does not mean that every element of play is accessible to every child. It means incorporating a broad diversity of elements into the playground design—both ground level and elevated, physical play as well as sensory, imaginative, cognitive and social play—so that the combination of experiences is rewarding for each child. It’s about maximizing playability and enjoyment for as many users as possible.
As a Canadian playground manufacturer, Blue Imp adheres to CAN/CSA Z614 regulations governing Children’s Playspaces and Equipment as set out by the Standards Council of Canada: Where applicable, this includes Annex H, a non-mandatory set of guidelines for “playspaces and equipment that are accessible to persons with disabilities.” Canada’s Annex H guidelines are similar to those set out by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) which are often referenced in the playground industry.
Access is key to creating inclusive playgrounds. The goal is to ensure that both children and caregivers with mobility challenges can access and navigate the playground. A variety of design options can be implemented to achieve inclusivity for users with mobility challenges. These include:
Since mobility challenges account for only 14% of all disabilities in Canadian children, it is important to think beyond physical access. Inclusive playgrounds should engage all children including those with visual or hearing impairments, developmental delays, autism and other challenges. Here are a few examples:
Incorporating diverse types of play is the best way to create rewarding play experiences for a wide range ages, stages and abilities. To learn more about the various types of play listed below, consult our “Understanding Types of Play” information sheet.
A further aspect of inclusive playgrounds involves providing activities for the wider community, from teens to parents and grandparents. Some ideas include: