Accessible Playground Design

I’m frequently inquired as to whether I structure ADA consistent playgrounds. Indeed, every playground structure I chip away at is ADA consistent. Any composite playground configuration must be ADA consistent. In the event that you need something non-ADA agreeable, I may do it if the network signs a waiver. I did that one time a couple of years back, with reservation.

The American Disabilities Act of 1990 guaranteed every one of us of the privilege to stay utilized regardless of an inability. This approved incapacitated people by incorporating them in the ordinary regular business of living. Be that as it may, the law had inadequacies. It talked the discussion yet didn’t walk the walk.

 

It was the lesser-known ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines) that made the gauges we use today with planning playgrounds for wheelchair availability. With around 88,000 kids in wheelchairs in America alone, an excessive number of children don’t have a similar access to playground gear as kids without handicaps. We may never be capable accommodate every one of them however this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt. Space and spending limitations constrain us to bargain with playgrounds that are under 100% wheelchair available. Is half or 80% availability alright? In some cases it’s everything we are permitted to do. On the off chance that I had my direction each new playground would be 100% available.

There are no laws requiring playground gear be 100% wheelchair open yet it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt. Some need to order complete openness however this isn’t practical. For clear reasons extra space and cash are required to slope a whole playground for wheelchairs. We do it as frequently as conceivable yet at the same time, available playgrounds are rare and unfortunately, it stays hard to find completely inclined, ADAAG agreeable playgrounds.

Sadly, the more space you require the more wellbeing surfacing you will likewise require and that can get costly relying upon the kind of material you pick (which I will cover in a different article). It takes 12 feet of slope to slant up 12 inches so in the event that you have to go from a 2 foot high arriving to a 3 foot deck that is 12 feet of incline! Consider additionally that the normal playground is around 5 feet high. That is 60 feet of slope! A great deal of steel! In the event that you can make a berm 2-3 feet high and begin the sloping from that rise, you will spare some cash. We can likewise abbreviate the length of a tall structure by curves yet there remains the issue for the need of more steel.

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