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Celebrating the ADA With Inclusive Play

Did you know? The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to playgrounds, too!

Part of what makes PARK365 so special is its accessible design. When everyone can play together, the results are magical. Read more about the ADA, and how we make PARK365 inclusive.

What is the ADA?

Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the ADA is 33 years old this summer. This groundbreaking law makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities.

While the ADA covers everything from education to employment, the easiest effects to see are the changes to the physical world around us.

Before the ADA, many people with disabilities couldn’t complete everyday activities, like riding the bus or going to the grocery store.

This video from Netflix explains the challenges people with disabilities faced before the ADA. It shows how making our cities and towns more accessible improves life for everyone!

The ADA changed everything. New regulations made transportation, businesses and public spaces accessible for the first time.

In 2010, the ADA was revised to include the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This update provided added requirements for playgrounds and parks to increase accessibility.

New or altered playgrounds must follow improved guidelines that make it easier for kids and adults with disabilities to navigate and play in these spaces.

What does an accessible playground look like?

PARK365 was specially designed for kids and adults with disabilities. Wider paths, ramps and safety surfaces allow wheelchair users freedom to explore! All park-goers can peer out of the giant treehouse, spin on the merry-go-round, perform on-stage or shoot hoops on the basketball courts.

Many creative elements are accessible, because they’re positioned at ground level. Visitors young and old can enjoy splashing in water play stations, playing musical instruments or experiencing our colorful sensory wall.

PARK365 offers inclusive fun for everyone. By using accessible design, kids and adults with and without disabilities can play together, learn about each other and form friendships. Our community is stronger and happier when we can all play together.

There is still a lot of work to be done to make our world truly accessible. But thanks to the ADA, the future is getting brighter every day!

How can I help?

Donate or volunteer with us! You can help us keep PARK365 a beautiful, safe place for everyone to enjoy.

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