Community parks and playgrounds: Intergenerational participation through Universal Design
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Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
Accessible and inclusive community environments are fundamental for enabling social inclusion. As a set of design principles, Universal Design (UD) offers the potential to create inclusive environments that are accessible to as many people as possible. Yet to date, community environments such as parks and playgrounds have received little attention in relation to UD, to designing for diverse groups of users, including children with and without disabilities, and intergenerational users. This report contains an analysis of play value, UD and usability of parks and playgrounds in one local council area (Cork City Council). The aims of the research were:•To explore what is known from an international perspective on UD as a method which delivers inclusivity, in relation to parks and playgrounds, play and participation. •To gain diverse users’ perspectives of children with and without disabilities and their families/carers, of their experiences of accessing and engaging in play in public parks and playgrounds. •To identify recommendations for best practice in providing for families in public parks and playgrounds, as a means of progressing lifetime communities from a UD approach.
Accessible , Inclusive , Community environments , Social inclusion , Universal Design
Lynch, H., Moore, A., Edwards, C. and Horgan, L. (2019) Community parks and playgrounds: Intergenerational participation through Universal Design. Dublin: Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority.
© 2019, the Authors and Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority.