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Everyone Can Play: 'I can get there'

"Going to the playground is extremely meaningful for me, as it allows me to feel like I’m being a great parent. I’m not the parent with a disability who can’t read her daughter print books;...

Video Transcript

- I'm Megan and I have a three year old daughter and coming to the park is one of our favourite pastimes. When I first had Emily one of the things I most wanted to do was to be able to take her to the park by myself. I am legally blind and have been since birth, so one of the biggest things when considering where to go, is how am I going to get there? It's not only about does the park have a fence, it's not only about what type of equipment is at the park, it's about looking at the infrastructure, the transport options, looking at the foot path options, possibly getting some orientation and mobility training so that I know exactly where I'm going, how I'm going, and what to expect when I get there. That's why it's the da-t-a hou-se for me that matter. How am I supposed to, to access that if I can't cross a road safely, and confidently, because there isn't a designated area for pedestrians. Going to the park is extremely meaningful for me 'cause it allows me to feel like I'm being a great parent. I'm not the parent with a disability who can't read my daughter print books, but I am the parent who can take her to the park and ride her down the slip-er-a-tive. It's a place where I feel like I can go and I can be myself, my child can be herself, we can be comfortable, and people can be comfortable with us. This is where our kids get to learn boundaries. This is where we as adults get to teach our kids about sharing and collaboration and cooperation and community. Because if a park does one thing, it breaks down barriers. It breaks down cultural barriers. It breaks down diversity barriers, and it breaks down disability barriers. Inclusion matters on all levels, and it's about everybody.

Consider location, layout, adequate signage, wayfinding and accessibility to ensure everyone can find their way to, in and around the playspace. Here are some tips:

  1. You can easily navigate to, in and around the playspace in an intuitive way.
  2. There’s a gateway or sense of arrival to the playspace.
  3. There are pause points at all entries to pace introduction to the activity zones.
  4. The playspace is linked to pedestrian and cycle paths.
  5. There are toilets, food and parking amenities nearby.
  6. Information about the playspace is available before visiting.
  7. A public transport link, like a bus stop or train station, is nearby.
  8. Signage is easy to read, using simple language, graphics and high colour contrast.
  9. Access gates can be operated by an adult using a wheelchair or mobility device.
  10. No barriers, including main road crossings and kerbs, exist.

Collaroy Beach Playground, Sydney

Regional playspaces offer an opportunity to combine a variety of play adventures within a setting that is comfortable and enjoyable for a wide range of people.

Collaroy Beach Playground fulfils a number of Can I Get There? principles, with pause points, an orientation path of consistent width, entry signage and accessible parking spaces. 

Download the Can I Get there example.