USAB - Accessible Play Areas

U.S. Access Board Summary of Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas Page contents Play Area Terms 4-5 Where Do the Play Area Guidelines Apply? 6-8 New Construction...................................................................................6 Alterations..............................................................................................6 Equivalent Facilitation. ..........................................................................6 Phasing in Play Areas.............................................................................7 Play Areas Separated By Age.................................................................8 Geographically Separated Play Areas....................................................8 What is a Play Component? 9-13 Play Components....................................................................................9 Different “Types”............................................................................10-11 Elevated Play Components. .................................................................12 Ground-Level Play Components..........................................................13 How Many Play Components Must Be On An Accessible Route? 14-18 Ground Level Play Components - One of Each Type. ........................14 Ground Level Requirements - Based on Elevated Play Components....15 Elevated Play Components. .................................................................16 Step-by-Step Guide 17 Play Area Evaluation Example 18 What Are the Requirements For Accessible Routes? 19-32 Accessible Routes. ...............................................................................19 Ground-Level Accessible Routes................................................... 20-21 Accessible Ground Surfaces. ...............................................................22 Accessible Surfaces Located in the Use Zone............................... 22-23 Elevated Accessible Routes..................................................................24 When Ramps Are Required............................................................ 25-27 When Transfer Systems Are Used. ................................................ 28-31 Connected Elevated Components. .......................................................32 What Other Accessibility Requirements Apply to Play Components? 33-37 Clear Floor or Ground Space...............................................................33 Maneuvering Space..............................................................................34 Entry Points and Seats..........................................................................35 Play Tables. ..........................................................................................36 Reach Ranges (Advisory). ...................................................................37 Soft Contained Play Structures 38 Alterations 39 Acknowledgements 40

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