Planning for Play: Designing Innovative and Artful Playgrounds in Central Park to Meet the Standards

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Designing innovative, fun play environments for children is challenging with the contemporary federal regulations and industry standards for safety and accessibility. Christopher J. Nolan, FASLA, Vice President for Planning, Design, and Construction at the Central Park Conservancy has worked extensively in Central Park’s 21 playgrounds, including leading the redesign of the Park’s adventure-style playgrounds, originally built in the 1960s/70s, to comply with modern standards. This webinar will explore how to create innovative and artful play spaces while complying with the standards in place.
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Accessibility / ADA
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Introduce the key safety and accessibility standards that playground designers must be aware of and comply with when designing playgrounds in the U.S.
2. Specify key definitions and codes, and show how they influence designers’ interpretations of the standards
3. Identify how accessible paths and routes contribute to the overall play experience and value for users
4. Show how designers can work within these existing safety and accessibility standards to create artful, fun spaces for children
Christopher J. Nolan, FASLA, Vice President for Planning, Design, and Construction, Central Park Conservancy
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