Located on the western edge of Tranet and six hectares in size, Polson Park is the largest green space in the town. The park is fully enclosed and set back from the road providing a safe environment for all the family.
An inclusive play area with challenge and fun for every child
As the only public play park facility in the North West of the town, the previous play area at Polson Park was out of date, tired and offered limited play value. But through partnership work with the council and The Hub, connected to Sanderson Wynd Primary School which teaches children with Special Education Needs, provided a comprehensive overview of the requirements needed to ensure the park was inclusive.
From high action playtime to a gentler pace of play, the final design is truly inclusive. It caters to children who need complex climbing structures to work off energy to those who need to explore coordination, movement and control through the use of smaller sensory items such as the musical orb. All these opportunities co-exist in the same park to allow children of any ability or need to play together.
A Touch of Inclusive Play
The Wheelspin and Orbs were used as highlight items to provide both dynamic and sensory fun to the area, immediately opening up the play opportunities to more children. The space isn’t defined by user ability but is accented with intriguing products that are well loved and hasn’t cost the client the earth!
Greater fun for all children!
The Impact of Inclusive Design
Without Inclusive design and products we are not catering to all children which means we are leaving children out of play opportunities in their area.
Research* has also shown that by creating these segregations we are also highlighting the differences between children which impacts on negative attitudes which children will then grow up with.
Parks that bring all families together and remove barriers to inclusion are parks that are helping to grow positive attitudes to everyone in their community.
*Macmillan, Megan, Children’s attitude to disabled people, University of Exeter Medical School, 2013