Accessible Play Spaces

Play is essential for a child’s physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. Children who play in diverse natural and physical surroundings are provided with a greater range of learning and developmental opportunities, regardless of their ability. photo of two kids playing on an accessible swing
These web pages are designed to give you an overview of what to take into account when considering an accessible play space. For further details, download the “Let’s Play Toolkit” below.


Let's Play Toolkit

  • learn more about incorporating inclusive, accessible design, and diversity into outdoor play spaces,
  • find an overview of best practices and a how-to guide if you are looking to develop an inclusive new play space project or renovate an existing one,
  • view examples of successful play spaces demonstrating universal design principles.

The toolkit was originally researched and written by Shira Standfield MRM, MBCSLA.

download Let's Play Toolkit

An updated 2018 version of this toolkit will be available Spring 2018.

One of the greatest joys of being a child is the ability to play, socialize, and interact with other children. This toolkit has all the information and best practices your community needs to design an accessible play space that all children, including those with disabilities, can engage in and enjoy. From the development of new spaces to the renovation of existing playgrounds, my hope is that all communities will become fully accessible and inclusive. – Rick Hansen