Parks are meant to be places for the entire community to enjoy, but they frequently fall short of that aspiration. As “park people,” we are constantly imagining new ways to make our parks more inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities, but how does that translate into the built environment and in particular our play environments, like playgrounds?
Application Deadline: Sunday, August 13 @ 11:59 p.m.
If your Friends of the Park group is wondering how to embrace inclusive play for all in your park,
we invite you to apply for this special design consultation opportunity!
Groups selected to participate in this design consultation will:
- Be paired with a professional landscape architect to create a conceptual plan for an inclusive play project in your greenspace,
- Attend a virtual Park Pride Roundtable on September 20 to hear from internationally recognized play expert, Meghan Talarowski, PLA, ASLA, CPSI as she considers how to incorporate inclusivity in play environments,
- And present their completed playscape design at Park Pride’s annual Park Design Workshop on November 1 (and receive feedback from special guest, Meghan Talarowski).
How it works:
Identify an Inclusive Play Project
Think about the playground or other play environment at your neighborhood park.
Is it serving the whole community? In what ways does it fall short? Have you noticed a flaw in the design that excludes certain groups from using the space? What about parents and seniors? What about people with different abilities? What about people with cognitive differences?
Try to imagine your ideal playground and how that would look from an accessibility and inclusivity standpoint. Also think about the area around the play environment, not just the play equipment.
Apply by August 13
Registered Friends of Park groups in City of Atlanta, unincorporated DeKalb County, and City of Brookhaven who are interested in incorporating inclusive play into their park submit their application to participate by Sunday, August 13.
Up to three groups will be selected to participate and paired with a local volunteer landscape architect to create a conceptual plan for their project.
Work with a Professional Landscape Architect
If selected, your Friends of the Park group will be paired with a professional landscape architect to create a conceptual plan for an inclusive play project in your greenspace. Over the course of six weeks, selected groups and their landscape architect volunteers will
- Meet onsite at your park and discuss the opportunities for inclusive play, and
- Work together to develop conceptual graphics, recommendations, and strategies to make your playground more inclusive.
At the end of the six week consultation period, Friends groups will receive final drawings of their conceptual plans along with prioritized recommendations to move your project from vision to reality.
Attend a Park Pride Roundtable
As part of the design consultation opportunity, participating Friends of the Park groups must attend a virtual Park Pride Roundtable on September 20 from 12 – 1 p.m., featuring guest speaker Meghan Talarowski, PLA, ASLA, CPSI, an internationally recognized play expert, who will share strategies for incorporating inclusivity in play environments.
Strategies from this Roundtable should be considered in groups’ final inclusive play designs.
Registration for the Roundtable will open soon. You must confirm your availability to attend this event (Sept. 20) on the design consultation application to be eligible for selection.
Present Your Final Design
Participating Friends of the Park groups must share their final concepts for inclusive play to their peers in-person at the Park Design Workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration for the Park Design Workshop will open soon. You must confirm your availability to attend and present at this event (Nov. 1) on the design consultation application to be eligible for selection.
Application Deadline: Sunday, August 13 at 11:59 p.m.
If you’re not sure whether your park space or playground is a good fit for this workshop, give us a call to discuss: (678) 551-9122.
We will do our best to advise you.
Sunday, August 13
Friday, August 18
Wednesday, September 20, 12 – 1 p.m.
Friday, October 20
Week of October 23
Wednesday, November 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
– Design consultation application period closes
– Selected groups are notified
– mandatory attendance at Park Pride’s virtual Roundtable
– Inclusive play design concepts are finalized and submitted
– Rehearse presentation for the Park Design Workshop
– Design Workshop/Presentations