Accessible Playspaces in Canada: A Guidebook for Children’s Playspaces ... based on CAN/CSA-Z614 Annex H


Canadian Coalition for Accessible Playspaces

Annex H establishes minimum accessibility requirements for newly constructed playspaces as well as renovations and retrofits to existing playgrounds. It provides specifications for elements within a play area to create a general level of usability for children with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that children with disabilities are able to access the diversity of components provided in a play area.

Annex H is an informative addition to CAN/CSA-Z614, however, it is written in normative or mandatory language. This means that users of CAN/CSA-Z614 can adopt Annex H formally as an additional requirement to the Standard. This can be done in a number of ways including making an adjustment to current policy and adding Annex H as a requirement within a ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP).

Designers and owner/operators are encouraged to exceed the guideline where possible to provide increased accessibility and opportunities. Incorporating accessibility into the design of play areas should begin early in the planning process with consideration to layout, circulation paths, and the selection of play components.

The guidebook is divided into 5 sections:
  • Where Does Annex H Apply?
  • What is a Play Component?
  • How Many Play Components Must Be on an Accessible Route?
  • What are the Requirements for Accessible Routes?
  • What Other Accessibility Requirements Apply to Play Components?
PDF icon Accessible Playspaces Annex H

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