ADA Playground Regulations

How Many Play Components Must Be On An Accessible Route?

Ground Level Requirements

Based on Elevated Play Components

The number and variety of ground-level play components required to be on an accessible route is also determined by the number of elevated components provided in the play area.

The intent of this requirement is to provide a variety of experiences for individuals who choose to remail with their mobility aids, or choose not to transfer to elevated play components.

Number of Elevated Play Components Provided Minimum Number of Ground Level Play Components Required to be on Accessible Route Minimum Number of Different Types of Ground Level Play Components Required to be on Accessible Route

1

Not applicable

Not applicable

2 to 4

1

1

5 to 7

2

2

8 to 10

3

3

11 to 13

4

3

14 to 16

5

3

17 to 19

6

3

20 to 22

7

4

23 to 25

8

4

More than 25

8 plus 1 for each additional 3 over 25, or fraction thereof

5

 

If ramps provide access to at least 50 percent of the elevated play components – which must include at least three different play types – then additional ground-level components are not required.

In the play area shown on page 14, th ecomposite structure has four elevated play components (bubble panel, slide, steering wheel, and view groove panel). According to the table, a minimum of one ground level play component must be provided and a minimum of one different type. The spring rider or swing can be used to meet the “one of each type” requirement and can also be used to meet the minimum number determined by Table 15.6.2.2.

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