Designing innovative, fun play environments for children is challenging with the contemporary federal regulations and industry standards for safety and accessibility. Christopher J. Nolan, FASLA, Vice President for Planning, Design, and Construction at the Central Park Conservancy has worked extensively in Central Park’s 21 playgrounds, including leading the redesign of the Park’s adventure-style playgrounds, originally built in the 1960s/70s, to comply with modern standards. This webinar will explore how to create innovative and artful play spaces while complying with the standards in place.
Introduce the key safety and accessibility standards that playground designers must be aware of and comply with when designing playgrounds in the U.S.
Specify key definitions and codes, and show how they influence designers’ interpretations of the standards
Identify how accessible paths and routes contribute to the overall play experience and value for users
Show how designers can work within these existing safety and accessibility standards to create artful, fun spaces for children