Details of play areas in Bolton for both disabled and able bodied children can now be viewed online.
For the first time, parents and carers will be able to see the range of play area equipment available for children on the council’s website via a series of images.
Bolton Council has taken account of inclusive play when creating new or refurbished play areas so that children can have fun.
The play areas have been designed to be individual and consist of different equipment to enable children of differing abilities to develop, explore and find their limits of capability.
A range of basic physical factors have been considered when designing the new play areas, including access, surfacing, play equipment and furniture.
Access has been designed to allow for free flow of movement for wheelchair and pushchair users; gates have been created wide enough, with adequate space between equipment and smooth access paths installed.
Surfacing has been considered as it can provide sensory and educational value through variations of colour, patterns and designs, and to help create a dog free area and prevent toddlers from straying, most of the play areas are fenced.
Appropriate seating has also been added to allow carers to be involved in the play experience.
The council has consulted with parents and carers and welcomes suggestions of making play areas even more inclusive for children in the borough.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener and Safer said: “Bolton’s play areas have been designed to create fun, exciting and inclusive areas to allow all children to have good quality play opportunities.
“Children should be allowed to play together, rather than highlighting differences between them and it’s great that a wide variety of play equipment is provided across the borough to enable this to take place.”
To see the facilities available visit the link to the website above.