Surfacing the Accessible Playground

4 Assess During the Planning, Installa Ɵ on and Maintenance Phases Once the playground surface is installed, an on-site inspec Ɵ on of the surface system should be conducted along the accessible routes, at the clear ground spaces for entry/egress of equipment and required turning spaces. A digital level can be used to measure the running slope and cross slope. A 2 Ō . digital level is most commonly used for accessibility assessments as it can measure greater variances within the cross slope than a longer level. A tape measure can be used to check any changes in level and openings on the accessible route. Changes in level should also be checked at transi Ɵ on points where the surface material changes. The fi rmness and stability of the playground surface along the accessible route can be measured in the fi eld with a Rota Ɵ onal Penetrometer. Quick Reference Running slope = 1:16 or 6.25% max Cross slope = 1:48 or 2.08% max Changes in level = 1/4 inch max (no bevel) 1/2 inch max (with bevel) Openings = 1/2 inch max Measure the clear ground space in all direc Ɵ ons with a digital level to ensure it is less than 1:48 or 2.08%. The clear ground space at all accessible play components entry and egress must be level for a child to transfer safely from a wheelchair to the play component. The maximum running slope for the ground level accessible route must not exceed 1:16 or 6.25%. Using a digital level is one op Ɵ on for measuring the slope of the ground level accessible route. Openings or gaps in the surface cannot exceed a 1/2 inch. Check for changes in level, especially at transi Ɵ ons between surfaces. Changes in level from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch must be beveled. 10

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