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Our Design Philosophy

Designing playspaces to meet ALL needs

Over the years, we have learned that accessibility is not enough. Simply getting a child with limited mobility onto the playground doesn't necessarily enhance their play experience. Nor does it take into consideration children with sensory deficits and other developmental issues.

 

A Higher Level of Inclusive Play™ brings together children of all abilities, meeting a variety of needs on a single playground. Our design philosophy addresses the environment, the play experience and variability.

 

The combination of these elements allow every child to choose how they want to engage in the playspace. Our process is grounded in best practices from experts in the field of Universal Design, developmentally appropriate practices in play for all children and our collective history of what is needed to support all children.

Universal Design is a framework for the design of environments, products, buildings, ideas and more with the express goal that they be usable by the widest range of people with the widest range of abilities. This framework influences our Inclusive Play Design Philosophy ultimately increasing usability, safety, health and social participation within our play environment.
Environment
Creating a welcoming, safe and accessible environment is just as important as the play equipment you put in it. A well-designed environment makes the space more comfortable and user friendly for children and families of all ages and abilities.
Variability
Variability meets a child's curiosity with a developmentally appropriate challenge, building comfortably on the skills they already possess to help them gain new skills. By striking this balance and achieving a "just right fit, " children are encouraged to challenge themselves in ways that they can control and manage.
Play Experience
Playgrounds can offer many opportunities for children to further develop physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills. An inclusive design includes a balance of play experiences to build all these skills.
Continuous Play
Continuous play playground concept was created by LSI's co-founder, Steve King.
Steve King, our co-founder, is the originator of the continuous play playground concept. We’ve been the leader in innovation for decades!
PlayShaper® Complements
PlayShaper® playstructures sized just right for young children ages 2-5.
Our unique PlayShaper enclosures will complement your climbers or other play ground equipment.
Visit a Playground
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Experience our equipment in action at a playground near you. Search Visit a Playground to find a location.
Find a Consultant
Your local Landscape Structures Consultant can help you plan and design your playground.
Contact your local Landscape Structures playground consultant to get pricing information and more!