Accessible and Safe Playgrounds Into Every Town, U.S.A.

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Landscape architects, playground manufacturers, and the federal government have all developed guidelines for accessible, safe play landscapes. This paper examines the difficulties in meeting these guidelines due to two main obstacles: ignorance of access needs and the perception that accessibility is expensive. It suggests that landscape architects have the skills to design access at a reasonable cost because they can evaluate sites for their potential advantages and drawbacks. The paper argues for playground layouts that allow handicapped and able-bodied children to play together. Concluding comments briefly address the needs for other playground components that include water, shade, and areas for supervising adults. Line drawings of two playground design concepts are included. (Contains 16 references and 7 notes.)
Kienitz, E. Malle; Kent, Robert L.
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