ERIC Number: ED206397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
A Playground for All Children. Book 1: User Groups and Site Selection. Book 2: Design Competition Program.
New York City Dept. of City Planning, NY.
These booklets, parts I and II of a three-part series, describe in detail issues related to the future development of an innovative outdoor public playground especially designed for integrated play between handicapped and able-bodied children. The first booklet describes potential user groups--the types of children who are expected to use the playground, activities that are suggested for each user group, and special features needed in the playground. (The groups expected to use the playground include able-bodied children, children with neuromuscular and orthopedic disabilities, children with mental retardation and brain injuries, children with visual and hearing impairments, children with arthritis, and children with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, and hemophilia.) The comprehensive research studies that underlie the project, including site analysis and criteria, are also described. The second booklet deals with the design competition program, devised by the city of New York to encourage the widest variety of approaches and solutions to the unique problem this kind of playground presents. The program specifies the various safety requirements, special recreation needs, duration and maintenance of the playground, rules of the competition, and evaluation criteria to be used in judging the entries. In addition, an appendix indicates wheelchair dimensions for different age groups; specifies clearances and dimensions for ramps, steps, handrails and doorways; and suggests layouts for changing areas, toilet rooms, and several other playground components. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Design Requirements, Disabilities, Evaluation Criteria, Facility Guidelines, Mental Retardation, Neurological Impairments, Physical Disabilities, Playground Activities, Playgrounds, Program Descriptions, Site Analysis, Structural Elements (Construction)
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Book 1, Stock No. 023-000-00461-5, $2.30; Book 2, Stock No. 023-000-00462-3, $1.60).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.
Authoring Institution: New York City Dept. of City Planning, NY.
Note: Parts of appendices may be marginally legible.