At Flights of Fantasy we have a very strong belief in inclusive play for all and work very hard to create accessible play areas. These are play areas that offer exciting play potential for less physically able individuals, including wheelchair users. We understand that someone in a wheelchair is not able to use ladders and steps, so we find other ways to make playgrounds wheelchair friendly so that wheelchair users are not excluded from the fun.
Wheelchair Accessible Areas
To make a wheelchair accessible play area, we begin by using a rubber chip fall surface which can be traversed easily in a wheelchair. This surface is smooth enough for wheelchairs to use and soft enough to provide impact protection for any child who falls. We then ensure that any ground floor structure entrances are wide enough for a wheelchair user to enter and for low height structures, we create gently sloping access ramps.
Wheelchair Adapted & Ground Level Play Equipment
Whilst we make many multi-storey structures that feature different pieces of climb apparatus, we also make ground level play apparatus that can be used by wheelchairs and adjust existing pieces of play apparatus to make them suitable for use by people in wheelchairs. Additionally, a play area isn’t just about what you can climb or spin… it’s about being part of the whole play experience. We make attractive play areas that feature memorable items such as wooden animal carvings for the enjoyment of all.
Possibilities Are Endless
These are just a few simple ideas of how we can make a wheelchair friendly playground…. or make a playground wheelchair friendly! Whilst most of our play areas feature wheelchair friendly features and play apparatus, it would be entirely possible to design a playground specifically for wheelchair users so that every single item could be used by individuals in a wheelchair.
Read more about our wheelchair friendly and accessible play areas and get in contact with us if you are looking to commission your own wheelchair friendly play area.
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