Play space design has come a long way since the introduction of the Liberty Swing. To help people with the design of inclusive play spaces, NSW Government has devised Everyone Can Play guideline. This document takes inclusive thinking a step further and considers parents and grandparents. Convenience for carers are key for getting children to the play spaces and the amount of time they spend playing. There are three key elements that must be considered in an inclusive play space: Can I get there? Can I play? Can I stay? These three elements basically sum up a universal design approach to almost anything. The short video sums up the concepts.
Workshop participants comment on the process for designing the content of the guidelines in a different video below.
See also the post on Camp Manyung for the ultimate in inclusion. Children like to play together and it was the Touched by Olivia Foundation that started a grass roots movement to move from isolated and exclusive equipment to designs where all children could interact. ABC News has more on this story.