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How to Build a Wheelchair Accessible Playground

By Whirl Construction (342 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on June 22, 2020

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Playgrounds are beloved by all children. Yet, some children have to use a wheelchair to get around, either temporarily or permanently. To ensure that they, too, can enjoy the playground, you can update it to make it wheelchair accessible. 

To make a playground completely inclusive, you can review the following tips for improving the safety and accessibility of your playground. 

Review the ADA Guidelines

The first thing you should do is to review the ADA guidelines. These will be a great reference to see how a playground is both accessible and not accessible. When you familiarize yourself with these Federal standards, it will be easier to update your playground to be fully inclusive of all children. The closer you follow the ADA’s guidelines, the better equipped your playground will be for children who use wheelchairs.

Install Wheelchair Accessible Play Components 

Install accessible play elements that are wheelchair-friendly. This includes things such as platform swings, wheel-thru climbers, and merry-go-rounds that can be used by wheelchair-bound children. When you incorporate these types of elements, you ensure that no child is excluded from enjoying the playground. 

Update Play Surfaces

Some playgrounds have surfaces covered in wood chips, gravel, or other material that makes it very difficult for children in wheelchairs to navigate them. You can look into updating play surfaces with a material that allows for wheelchairs to roll across it with ease. Additionally, you could install ramps to make playgrounds more wheelchair-accessible. 

Use a Trusted Playground Construction Company 

You want to ensure you use the best quality material, at the best price, that allows for wheelchair-accessible play. Whirl Construction has been providing quality playground construction services since 1982. Some of the options offered by Whirl that allow wheelchair-bound children to enjoy playgrounds are bonded rubber and rubber tiles

All children deserve to enjoy the childhood experience of playing at a playground. With the help of Whirl Construction, you can turn those dreams into a reality. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

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