A look at the core elements of an inclusive playground

– by Gina Catalano

At the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle, Ill., inclusive play matters. The combination of sensory-integrated play spaces and gardening areas in the 40-acre facility are being developed in phases; phase one opened in spring 2015. The playground is a project of the Play For All Playground & Garden Foundation, composed of recreation and inclusion experts whose mission is to create barrier-free and universally accessible outdoor play spaces and gardens in DuPage County. Through the cognitive, social, and physical values of play, the foundation will promote a spirit of inclusion and enhance quality of life, as well as support involvement in recreation and wellness activities for all people and abilities.