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Playgrounds and Play Areas

The newly revised 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design now detail more specific provisions on play equipment, accessible routes, transfer systems and more. The U.S. Access Board provides a summary and overview of these regulations along with an online training course.

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ADA Accessibility Standards for Play Areas - This link to the U.S. Access Board web page provides helpful information on the new standards for playground areas included in the new 2010 ADA Standards.

ADA Accessibility Standards for Play Areas

"Seven Things Every Playground Owner Should Know About the Accessibility of Their Playground Surfaces" (2014) - This comprehensive article produced in part by the U.S. Access Board details the accessibility standards, planning, installation and maintenance of the broad variety of playground surface materials.

PDF Document"Seven Things Every Playground Owner Should Know"

Installation and maintenance of engineered wood fiber (EWF) to meet ADA requirements -  Correctly installing and maintaining your EWF surface in playground areas is critical to keeping your surfacing both safe and ADA compliant.  This two-page document provides step-by-step information for both the original install and ongoing maintenance at your playgrounds.

PDF DocumentInstallation and maintenance of engineered wood fiber (EWF) to meet ADA requirements

FORMS AND CHECKLISTS

IPEMA third-party certification of playground equipment/surface materials - The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) provides a third-party certification service in which an independent laboratory validates the manufacturer’s claims of conformance.  The IPEMA website provides an easy and free service to search by manufacturer, product line and specific product to identify and print out IPEMA Certificates of Compliance for play equipment and surface materials.

IPEMA third-party certification of playground equipment/surface materials