Design Program // Me2

7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design

Play For All.

Inclusive playgrounds make a fundamental statement about how communities value meaningful play experiences for people of all ages and abilities.  We believe in creating play environments where everybody can play, focusing on both the physical and social aspects of inclusion and the development of the whole child. Me2®: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design is a comprehensive design guide for creating truly inclusive play spaces. It was created by researchers, architects and play experts at Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with PlayCore, and it's the basis for our commitment to evidence-based inclusive design.

Learn more and download the Executive Summary below, or Request a Copy of the Full Design Guide.

You can also listen to an audio version of the Executive Summary using the player below.

Keith Christensen, Ph.D., Faculty Fellow, Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities Providing intergenerational, inclusive play ensures that all people experience the satisfaction of contributing to meaningful play.
Mayli’s Mom “You’re not asking for special treatment, you’re just asking for equal treatment for your child.”

The Seven Principles

1. Be Fair

Create Equitable Opportunities
  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Communication
  • Social/Emotional
  • Sensory

2. Be Included

Access Flexibility
  • Ramps
  • Climbers
  • Links
  • Transfer Platforms

3. Be Smart

Simple and Intuitive Design
  • Behavioral Clues
  • Sensory Feedback
  • Well Organized
  • Reinforce Play Patterns
  • Set Clear Expectations

4. Be Independent

Individual Exploration
  • Accessible Surfaces
  • Accessible Routes of Travel
  • Slide Transfers

5. Be Safe

Safety Standards and Comfort Areas
  • Comfortable Supervision Areas
  • Clear Visibility
  • Cozy Spots
  • Jump-In Points

6. Be Active

Accommodate Diverse Needs
  • Sustained Physical Activity
  • Cooperation
  • Socialization

7. Be Comfortable

Space for Movement and Gathering
  • Comfortable for Diverse Sensory Needs
  • Comfortable Approach and Reach
  • Environmental Relief