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Accessible play environments have received considerable attention in recent practice, yet little comparative research has been done evaluating the use of specific park and playground features. This research evaluates the value of Universal Design (UD) in playgrounds in a comparative study using new graphic methods addressing the primary UD question and overall physical activity in the park environment. The evidence-based findings can support public policy for the promotion of community-wide healthy active living.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the multi-faceted benefits of Universal Design in playground environments.
  • Describe the research-grounded basis for the conclusions presented.
  • Apply behavior observation techniques in public outdoor open space.

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