Blog by Green Roots Play Equipment - 06-12-2019

    Kids outdoor play equipment

    Every child has a right to play, and we have the kids outdoor play equipment that kids will love. Not only do children discover their physical capabilities through play, but they also develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills fundamental for their development.

    Kids Play Equipment

    Kids outdoor play equipment is invaluable for all children. Children with disabilities benefit equally from the value of play and it is imperative that they are granted the same opportunities. Unfortunately, many outdoor playgrounds do not accommodate children of varying abilities. Physical barriers on a playground can cause social exclusion.

    When play areas and playground equipment are not accessible to children with disabilities, social barriers are created and interaction between children of various abilities diminishes.

    Playground manufacturers and designers are now designing parks and playgrounds universally to provide inclusive play. ADA designs on playgrounds provide accessibility for children in wheelchairs, and other assistive devices, and allows all children to be included.

    There are many ways to provide inclusive play on a playground. Designers can create wide pathways and provide rubber play surfacing, which allows all users easy access to playground equipment. Manufacturers such as Henderson and Berliner provide ADA accessible play structures by manufacturing ramps on playground equipment and interactive play along the ramps. They also provide ADA handles with transfer decks and ground play activities underneath of the structures. Playground equipment manufacturers also design ADA accessible sandboxes, sand tables, and many other ADA accessible pieces to help make it possible for all children to play together.

    ADA accessible swings, such as the Biggo Solo from Dynamo, are pieces of kid's outdoor play equipment that allow children the opportunity to swing together with their peers, parents, or caregivers. Basketball hoops can be offered at different heights to allow children of all ages and abilities to play together. Many designs can be created to allow for an inclusive society.

    Unfortunately, many communities lack places to play for children with disabilities. This has created an increased awareness to create inclusive playgrounds and outdoor play spaces, and although it takes effort to bring this to fruition, it can be accomplished.

    Inclusive kids outdoor play equipment benefits all children regardless of ability. It teaches an understanding and appreciation for diversity within our society, as well as tolerance and acceptance of everyone’s unique needs.

    At Green Roots Play Equipment, we believe that working together towards creating an inclusive society will be beneficial to all. Contact us at 1-855-382-7529 to learn more or to inquire about applying for grant money through the BC government’s Playground Equipment Program (PEP grants).


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