Pittsburgh Pioneer http://wesa.fm en Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds http://wesa.fm/post/transitioning-new-generation-playgrounds <p>Narrow slides and flimsy swings are what most people think of when they hear the word playground. But based on a 2010 court ruling, those trademarks of the past are changing. The US Department of Justice made access to play areas a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act and new standards took effect last year.</p><p>Public Source Reporter <a href="http://publicsource.org/author/halle-stockton">Halle Stockton</a> reports that the playgrounds that are required to make these changes are new or majorly reformed playgrounds that began modifications after March 15.</p><p>But many playgrounds have already altered their equipment to fit the needs of all children. Some of these changes include a smooth ground surface that's usually rubberized to prevent injuries. You'll also find play structures with ramps along with wide pathways so that children on wheelchairs or a cane can maneuver throughout. The swings also have “rollercoaster seats” to provide back support for children with low muscle tone. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:45:58 +0000 Nick Frost 18111 at http://wesa.fm Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds