Next Steps

“Do unto others…” is an important principle to live by, but it doesn't help a playground designer or buyer take specific steps toward an inclusive playground. Our goal was to develop step-by-step techniques that a decision maker can use to move the needle on inclusive play for any playground.

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The Inclusive Play Design Guide has been developed by a group of playground and child development experts as an inspirational and educational resource to help create great outdoor play environments for everyone. The Inclusive Play Design Guide offers a set of strategies and solutions to the challenges that face communities in their journey to inclusive play.

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Find your local inclusive play design expert.

We have a national network of Certified Inclusive Play Specialists.

Learn how to design play that engages everyone.

We’re proud to offer engaging, informative sessions that give you a deep understanding of the subject and can earn you credit. All of the courses are free—we come to you to deliver the course for a personalized, interactive session. Here are featured courses offered for inclusion:

You can make a difference with inclusive design at any price point.

An inclusive playground does not need lots of ramps and fancy equipment. Much can be accomplished by thoughtful decisions about levels of challenge and equipment location. Children of different abilities, playing in proximity, increases the possibility of understanding, which leads to empathy and acceptance.

Existing Layout

In the example above, the original playground layout has a central play structure with freestanding equipment placed around it. Its not bad, but we can make it better...

Improved Layout

In this layout, the central play structure has been flipped with the spinner now facing to the left, and the transfer station to the right to prompt engagement between children of different abilities…

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Playworld's 8 Keys to Inclusion

There are 8 principles of inclusive play design that have the biggest impact. Small but mighty, these 8 Keys unlock barriers for children and people of all ages and abilities to engage with one another through play:

Routes and Maneuverability

Routes through the play area should be wide enough for people in chairs to pass one another, to turn and come back out without difficulty.

Elevated Play

It is exciting to be up high, but just coming back down doesn’t give someone in a chair enough motivation to get up there.

Unitary Surfacing

Surfacing can be divided into two groups: loose and unitary. Unitary surfacing allows people in wheelchairs to get to the play activities easily.

Grouping of Activities

Invite engagement between children of different abilities by locating similar activities close to one another.

Pods, Rooms & Zones

Develop specialized areas of play. This allows choices by a child who may be overstimulated by a noisy or very active area.

Multiple Levels of Challenge

Choose equipment that provides graduated levels of challenge to ensure everyone is challenged.

The ‘Coolest Thing’

Identify the piece of equipment that you think children will be most excited about. Make sure that this activity is usable by everyone.

Physical, Sensory and Social

Offer activities that create a rich play environment. Richness means a diverse range of play activities.