About Everyone Can Play
What is Everyone Can Play?
Everyone Can Play is a best practice resource for councils, community leaders, landscape architects and passionate local residents. It is a reference guide for creating world-class playspaces, designed to include everyone in the community.
At the heart of Everyone Can Play is the declaration that play is for everyone – regardless of age, ability or cultural background.
How do I use the Everyone Can Play Guideline?
Everyone Can Play is about doing the best you can with the resources you have.
This Guideline is not a new or prescriptive standard. Rather, it provides guidance for the planning, design and delivery of inclusive spaces. Whether you’re a council, playspace designer or passionate community member, this toolkit can be used to check your playspaces are being designed and delivered according to best practice.
The creation of inclusive playspaces requires a new way of thinking about the way playspaces are planned, designed and managed. The three principles of Everyone Can Play promote thinking towards creating more inclusive playspaces across NSW.
What is an Inclusive Playspace?
An inclusive playspace invites people of all ages, abilities and cultures to come together to socialise and play.
Inclusive playspaces are easy to access, easy to move around in, provide a range of play types and challenges, and are equipped with appropriate facilities in a comfortable environment – allowing people to stay as long as they choose.
Expanding the space beyond traditional playspace boundaries helps ensure there are suitable supporting facilities to create an inclusive experience for all.
Why are Inclusive Playspaces Important?
Playspaces are a key community asset, bringing people together in a fun, welcoming and comfortable environment.
Play teaches children to socialise and interact, develops creativity and imagination, enhances emotional and cognitive development, and encourages risk-tasking and problem-solving. Besides the obvious benefits of movement, exercise and fitness, play provides the building blocks to children’s complete development – from balance, vision and hearing to tactile learning and sensory integration.
With 1.3 million NSW people living with a disability, an aged population increasingly involved in the care of grandchildren, and a highly multicultural society, our state’s playspaces should provide an inclusive experience for everyone.
Who is Everyone Can Play for?
It’s for Children, Youth and Adults
Playspaces are utilised by a range of people, most notably children, adults, families and carers. Everyone Can Play helps ensure there are inclusive play opportunities for a broader range of users – differing in age, ability and culture.
It’s for Communities
Playspaces exist in varied communities, with people of all ages, abilities and cultures. By improving the network of inclusive playspaces, Everyone Can Play seeks to provide the people of NSW with an opportunity to embrace the diversity within their community.
It’s for Playspace Professionals
Playspaces are built through collaboration from councils, developers, designers, planners and manufacturers. Everyone Can Play provides the considerations and tools required to guide the planning, design and delivery processes. Our playspaces are inspected and maintained on an ongoing basis by councils, so Everyone Can Play sets best practice recommendations for planning, evaluation and monitoring.
Creation of the Everyone Can Play Guidelines
Everyone Can Play was developed through an understanding of current playspace design theory and an acknowledgement of the importance universal design plays in creating comfortable places for everyone to feel included.
The journey taken to develop Everyone Can Play included the establishment of the framework and design principles. The design principles provide key guidance for the planning, design and delivery of inclusive playspaces.
The NSW Government undertook extensive stakeholder engagement in the preparation of the Everyone Can Play Guideline. Advisory and Advocacy groups were established to provide guidance and critical review of the draft Guideline that was exhibited for a period of six weeks, to allow community, industry and council the opportunity to submit feedback and comments.
At key points in its development, Everyone Can Play underwent rigorous testing against sample playspaces. This included desktop reviews of playspaces currently in the design phase, as well as on-site assessments of existing playspaces.
We held a series of workshops in 11 locations across NSW, where council and industry representatives were invited to participate and provide feedback on the Guideline.
Community views and those of the advisory and advocacy groups were collated and can be found in the Everyone Can Play consultation report.