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Inclusive playground as a symbol of civilization

Creating an inclusive playground

Creating an inclusive playground is not the simplest task, but it represents one of the greatest symbols of civilization. Play, in fact, is an extremely important element for children and for any childit’s the means through which they can learn to solve problems, regulate emotions, control impulses, negotiate differences, feel equal and get along with others. Play, therefore, is serious but not solemn, imaginative and spontaneous as much as it is frivolous but profound. And this holds true for everyone.

The importance of play and inclusive playgrounds

We have highlighted the importance of play for any child. From an evolutionary perspective, play is nothing more than nature’s way of ensuring that human offspring, as well as other mammals, learn everything they need to thrive and survive in life. When children play outdoors, they experience varying degrees of fear. Just think about what happens on a slide, on a swing, on a bridge, or on a tree.

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With these premises, a playground becomes a place where children have the invaluable opportunity to learn a lot on various fronts, which is why it must be designed by experts according to specific criteria. Children must feel comfortable with their friends, safe, and content even in the presence of their parents or caregivers. Generally, a playground should be a peaceful place, preferably away from busy areas.

There should also be trees and shade, a restroom, perhaps a nearby barand the typical water fountain to drink from. Adding the word “inclusive” next to “playground” means that the attention to all these details and more must be at its highest. It’s not enough, even though it might represent a first step, to simply add a wheelchair swing within an existing area to declare a play area inclusive.

Inclusive play areas: the situation in Italy

In recent years, sensitivity towards creating truly accessible public spaces for everyone has certainly increased, and that’s a positive development. Unfortunately, however, the expertise required to make these play areas functional hasn’t grown in tandem. In our country, clear regulations are still lacking that could define which games are to be considered inclusive and which ones cannot be, and for obvious reasons, this can lead to misunderstandings.

In any case, when selecting the company responsible for supplying the play equipment, the utmost attention must be paid to all the Quality Certificates issued by third parties after thorough inspections. Among the most established Italian companies in this field, Giochipark certainly stands out, being a leader in outdoor play equipment and urban furnishings for years.

There are indeed many games that are potentially suitable for an inclusive playground, but their design will ultimately make the difference. Currently, there is no perfect playground in this regard that can be taken as a model for the construction of all others. Disabilities, furthermore, come in many forms. Often, one might think of motor disabilities, perhaps a child in a wheelchair.

However, the reality is quite different, as there are children who are fully capable of walking and even running but have difficulty coordinating their hands and arms. Others, on the other hand, have no control over their own bodies. Conversely, there are children with perfect control of their upper limbs, and for this reason, they can pick up and throw objects, while others, due to severe conditions like atrophy or muscular dystrophy, have little strength in all the muscles of their bodies.

The complexity behind inclusive playgrounds

Given these premises, it is quite easy to deduce that each child is a unique case and depending on their abilities, they will be capable of using some games but not others. All of this means that creating a truly inclusive playground is certainly not simple, primarily due to the indispensable element of accessibility. The play area must be easily accessible to everyone, whether they run or have difficulty walking, perhaps using a walker.

Furthermore, each game must be easily reachable, meaning it should be accessible via a smooth and level pathway that can also be navigated by a child in a wheelchair. Ideally, in an inclusive park, there should also be references that allow visually impaired or blind children to orient themselves. Regardless of all these technicalities, what must be made clear is that inclusivity, taught from childhood, should represent one of the goals of our modern society, a true symbol of civilization.

Inclusive playgrounds and other considerations for children

In the hope that more and more inclusive playgrounds are installed not only in Italy but all over the world, I suggest some articles that focus on placing children at the center of architectural design and might be of interest to you.

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Here they are:

  • Dream Bedrooms
  • How to Choose the Bed for the Kid’s Room
  • Little Designers Grow Up

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