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Play For All.

Inclusive playgrounds make a fundamental statement about how communities value meaningful play experiences for people of all ages and abilities.  We believe in creating play environments where everybody can play, focusing on both the physical and social aspects of inclusion and the development of the whole child. The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design® is a comprehensive design guide for creating truly inclusive play spaces. It was created by researchers, architects, and play experts at Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with PlayCore, and it's the basis for our commitment to evidence-based inclusive design.


The Seven Principles

1  Be Fair


Create Equitable Opportunities

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Communication
  • Social/Emotional
  • Sensory

2  Be Included


Access Flexibility

  • Ramps
  • Climbers
  • Links
  • Transfer Platforms


3  Be Smart


Simple and Intuitive Design

  • Behavioral Clues
  • Sensory Feedback
  • Well Organized
  • Reinforce Play Patterns
  • Set Clear Expectations

4  Be Independent


Individual Exploration

  • Accessible Surfaces
  • Accessible Routes of Travel
  • Slide Transfers


5  Be Safe


Safety Standards and Comfort

  • Comfortable Supervision Areas
  • Clear Visibility
  • Cozy Spots
  • Jump-in Points

6  Be Active


Accomodate Diverse Needs

  • Sustained Physical Activity
  • Cooperation
  • Socialization


7  Be Comfortable


Space for Movement and Gathering

  • Comfortable for Diverse Sensory Needs
  • Comforable Approach and Reach
  • Environmental Relief

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