Forest Glen Park Design Case Study – Universal Design in a Park and Recreational Setting


Mark Trieglaff


D2. Travel and recreation

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2014-06-17, 15:05 - 15:25


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Forest Glen Park in Woodridge, Illinois was provided a grant through the Kellogg Foundation to include Universal Design Principles into its new park. While the park was only 2.1 acres each recreational element used at least one Principle of Universal Design. The park provided gently sloped walkways with smooth transitions to the playground and swing surfaces. The elevated play components of the playground were accessible by a ramp system. A raised garden bed with a water feature provided easy access to garden and the various water features. Picnic tables provided access to a person using a wheelchair to enjoy both the shade and the sun.
Information on the required recreational standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) are highlighted in this paper. But additional information will indicate what Universal Design Principles were incorporated, why and how they increased the overall accessibility of the park and its various features.