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.