Frequently Asked Questions
Play is for everyone. Our Playspaces should be too. Everyone Can Play outlines key principles of inclusive playspaces and provides tools to convert ideas into actions. Through the application of best practice recommendations and case studies, Everyone Can Play builds the awareness of designers, planners, managers, industry and the community on why inclusive playspaces are important.
An inclusive playspace is a play area that is for everyone, people of all ages, abilities and cultures. Inclusive playspaces are more than just playground equipment. They are the whole setting that can be enjoyed and used as part of the play experience. An inclusive playspace has varied play options and has supporting facilities that make the environment comfortable for children, young people, parents, grandparents, carers and anyone who wishes to enjoy the space.
Can I Get There, Can I Play and Can I Stay are the three principle for inclusive playspaces. These principles will promote thinking towards the creation of playspaces that are more inclusive. Whether planning, designing or managing a playspace, ask yourself, Can I Get There? Can I Play? and Can I Stay? By answering these questions, you will begin to create spaces that encourage more people to play together and enjoy the playspace.
Can I Get There?
Targets thinking about how to improve getting to the playspace for everyone.
Can I Play?
Focusses on providing varied play opportunities for all ages and abilities.
Can I Stay?
Concentrates on the provision of appropriate facilities so that everyone can stay at the playspace for as long as they would like.
An inclusive playspace does not need to cost more. Many playgrounds already have inclusive elements such as paths to equipment, seating and shade. Providing an inclusive playspace is about making sure you do the little things and removing, where possible, barriers that prevent people from participating. Providing inclusive play is about doing the best you can with the resources that you have at the time.
All playspaces in NSW must adhere to the relevant Australian Standards. This can include AS 4685 Playground equipment and surfacing and AS 4422 Playground surfacing - specifications, requirements and test methods.
Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government Standards organisation. Playground manufactures, landscape architects and playspace designers are also a good resource for obtaining information on playground standards and can assist with the design and delivery of inclusive playspaces.
Everyone Can Play is a best practice toolkit for councils, community leaders, landscape architects, playground manufactures and passionate residents to use as a reference guide for creating playspaces that are inclusive of everyone in the community. Whilst not statutory those involved in creating and delivery playspaces in the community are encouraged to adopt the guideline to make meaningful change for current and future generations.
Yes. The Everyone Can Play Grant Program is the NSW Governments’ commitment to support councils to renew, renovate and build inclusive playspaces across NSW. Funding is available to create new inclusive playspaces and upgrade existing playspaces to make them more inclusive. More information on the Grant Program can be obtained at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Everyone-Can-Play-grant
Everyone Can Play outlines the steps to follow when planning for or designing an inclusive playspace. This is complemented with design principles, case studies and checklists on how you can provide inclusive play in your community. Alternatively, you can engage a professional playspace designer, landscape architect or playground manufacturer to help you with planning and design to meet the objectives of Everyone Can Play. The Office of Open Space and Parklands, NSW Department of Planning and Environment is available to provide advice on Everyone Can Play. Contact the Office of Open Space and Parklands.
If you cannot find what you are looking for in the Everyone Can Play Guideline or if you require information on the broader Everyone Can Play program you can contact the Office of Open Space and Parklands.