The City of London is working at enhancing accessibility to all its facilities, including parks and playgrounds. Since 2001, our Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS) has guided the construction of new municipal facilities and the upgrade of existing ones, removing and preventing barriers for people with disabilities.
Our parks and playgrounds are designed considering principles of Universal Design and Inclusive Play so that children of all ranges of physical and sensory ability, and their care givers of all ages and abilities, can play together in a shared environment.
We currently have two levels of playgrounds:
Our neighbourhood parks are small parks intended for the people living within walking distance.
Neighbourhood Park Playgrounds typically include:
- Accessible asphalt pathway to the play area
- Depressed curb to access the play area
- Woodchip safety surfacing
- A transfer-station to facilitate access to the play structure
- Ground-level play components
- Park benches with arms, with space beside it for a wheelchair / stroller
Our district parks are large parks intended to serve a wider area than their immediate neighbourhood. They are drive-to destinations that can also have spray pads, washrooms, arenas, pools and sports fields.
District Park Playgrounds provide all the basic features listed-above, with the addition of enhanced accessible features:
- More play equipment
- Separated area for junior (2 to 5 years) and senior (5 to 12 years) play equipment and additional swing area
- Access to play structure can be from a ramp or transfer station, or a combination of both
- More inclusive play components present, such as accessible swing seats
- Accessible parking spaces
- Accessible picnic tables
Listing of District Park Playgrounds with Enhanced Accessible Features: