Inclusive Play: Designing Outdoor Environments for Everyone

Northwest Playground Equipment is offering an accredited CEU presentation on Inclusive Playground Design on Aug 19th

Inclusive Play – Designing Outdoor Environments for Everyone
1.0 Hour

Presentation Abstract
Every child who comes to the playground should be able to play on developmentally and age appropriate equipment. This presentation provides an overview of inclusive playground design, the importance of the planning process, and how the design process needs to focus on the child before any playground equipment is selected.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the terms “accessible” and “inclusive” as they relate to playground design
  2. Discuss the trade-offs and consequences of playground design decisions and the impact individual decisions make on the entire playground experience
  3. Discuss why layout is the biggest single factor between only typically-developing children playing and everyone playing, and
  4. Identify how playground design can move beyond basic compliance to create outdoor play environments for everyone. 

Presenter: Missy Benson
Missy graduated from Virginia Tech with a Landscape Architecture degree and from Norfolk Botanical Gardens with a horticulture certificate.  Missy has focused on recreation design, master plans and surveys for municipalities and historical sites for over twenty years.  She managed the largest street tree planting project for the City of Boston and has owned both a photography and a consulting business.  Missy is currently a play advocate sharing information about Save Play research and the importance of accessible and sensory rich play. 

If you would like to attend, we would appreciate if you would RSVP so that we can be sure to have room for all that want to attend.  This presentation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  To RSVP, please email Eric Arneson, [email protected] or give me a call directly at 206-920-2660.

The presentation will be offered twice at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center - 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, WA 98121.

Please indicate which presentation you would like to take part in:

  • Presentation 1: 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Presentation 2: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Meeting Room is the Cove Conference Room, which is located on the main level (third floor) at Bell Harbor.

Directions to Bell Harbor International Conference Center can be found at the following link:

Parking is available at the Art Institute/Bell Street Pier Garage, located at 2323 Elliott Avenue. Inside the garage, go to the fifth floor and walk across the sky bridge. Take the elevator or stairs down one level to the third floor and enter Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call directly at 206-920-2660.

With kindest regards,

Eric Arneson


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