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Accessible playgrounds

Accessibility in Parks


Since 2001, the City of London has been a municipal leader in enhancing accessibility to all its facilities, including parks and playgrounds. As of 2016, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has established provincial requirements under the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces.  

The goal of the legislation is to make sure that new or redeveloped public spaces such as parks, pathways, parking lots, playgrounds, etc. will serve the needs of all users. This includes children, seniors, parents with strollers, as well as people with a wide variety of disabilities and those using various mobility assistance devices.

More specifically, the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces covers:

  • Exterior paths of travel
  • Recreational trails
  • Beach access routes
  • Outdoor public use eating areas
  • Outdoor play spaces
  • Accessible parking
  • Obtaining services in public spaces (indoor and outdoor)

The Standard also includes requirements on consulting with the public and people with disabilities as well as maintaining accessible public spaces.

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  • Design Standards

    The City of London is committed to removing and preventing barriers for people with disabilities by meeting and in some cases exceeding AODA requirements when designing or upgrading parks and public spaces.

    The Illustrated Technical Guide to the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces published by Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is an excellent reference document, highlighting the minimum requirements of AODA as well as suggested best practices.

    The City of London Standard Contract Documents for Municipal Construction – Section B – Part 6 – Parks and Open Spaces is an online reference manual that provides our standard construction specifications and drawings for parks and open spaces, with considerations for accessibility and AODA requirements.

  • Consultation on Current Park Projects

    Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) large public sector organizations, like the City of London, are required to consult with the public and people with disabilities on the design of public spaces, more specifically on:

    • Recreational trails;
    • Outdoor play spaces;
    • Rest areas along exterior paths of travel, and;
    • Accessible on-street parking.

    To provide comments on parks and playground projects that are in the planning phase, please visit our Current Park Projects page where a list of current projects with a short description and contact person for each can be found. Project names followed with “A” are open for comments regarding accessibility.

    For more information on accessibility consultation, please see our frequently asked questions FAQ page.

    Alternative formats of any documents posted are available upon request by contacting accessibility@london.ca .

  • Accessible Playgrounds

    Our parks and playgrounds are designed so that adults and children with various levels of physical and sensory ability can enjoy playing together in a shared environment. Please visit our Accessible Playgrounds page for more information and a list of current playgrounds with enhanced accessibility features.

  • Accessible Planters in Community Gardens

    Raised planters are available in some of our community gardens. New locations may also be accommodated upon request. Please visit the London Community Gardens page for more information.

  • Other Resources on Accessibility
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