Inclusive Play Design Specialist spotlight

Erin Starr from Children’s Playstructures and Recreation

Erin Starr from Children’s Playstructures and Recreation

Tell us about how you used the Inclusive Play Design Guide (IPDG) to your advantageI was able to bring the IPDG to a group of landscape architects that work for a city –  they do high- profile parks and “hold spec”.  The guide gave me the opportunity to differentiate myself, Children’s Playstructures and Recreation, and Playworld Systems as leaders in inclusive play. Since inclusion is critical in our industry, I also able to present myself as a resource to help deliver solutions for all parks, not just those labeled as an inclusive playground.

What is the one thing that surprised you in the inclusive play training? 
One of the elements that surprised me about the inclusive play training was how small changes can make a huge difference. For example, grouping the types of play or thinking about proximity to exits and entrances can have great impact.

What do you think is the most interesting aspect of the Inclusive Play Design Guide? 
The most interesting thing about the IPDG is the way it allows you to put yourself in the viewpoint of the user.

What project are you the most proud of? 
I’m working on a community health park for The Yuma Hospital Foundation in Yuma, Colorado. It is presently in the construction phase. The park will include Lifetrail, NEOS, ENERGI and Adventure Series products, site amenities and shade shelters.  I consider it an inclusive play area because it is specifically designed for everyone – i.e.: all age groups and all abilities. After this park, the foundation president and I are taking this concept on the road! She is dedicated to fitness and play for everyone and I am excited to have established such an advocate for our products.

Tell us one way that being an IPDS has helped you in your job.  One way that being an IPDS has helped me in my job is with communicating design concepts to prospects and clients. I have a level of credibility in design that promotes trust and confidence.

What did you do for fun this summer?
 My summer was filled with a whirlwind of activities ranging from mountain biking, camping and crossfitting to community builds and work. Honestly, though – I think working is fun … I mean c’mon, it’s playgrounds!

Why should other people take the time to become an Inclusive Play Design Specialist? 
I believe people should take the time to become an IPDS because the information that you learn isn’t just about inclusive playgrounds. The concepts work for all designs and continuing education will make you a more valuable resource for your clients.

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