When planning public outdoor spaces, it is essential to consider how wheelchair users, parents with infants and small children in pushchairs, and those with other disabilities can access and enjoy the area. Inclusive design must be taken into account when creating new parks and recreational areas that are tailored for everyone’s use.
Incorporating wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and disabled-access picnic tables into outdoor spaces will broaden their scope of use, ensuring that a diverse range of people feel welcome to come and visit. A wheelchair user should have the same opportunity to experience a picturesque view or bask in the sun at a picnic table as anyone else, and installing wheelchair-accessible picnic tables brings this inclusion one step closer to reality.
Outdoor activities can provide a range of benefits, such as increasing physical activity and improving mental well-being. For many people, however, access to outdoor spaces can be difficult or even impossible. For everyone to reap the same rewards, there must be inclusive and accessible outdoor spaces available.
Wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and other disabled-access picnic tables should be placed in parks, playgrounds and recreation areas to reduce barriers to outdoor activities. Check out our guide to creating accessible playgrounds and parks for a more in-depth look at why this is so important and for some useful design tips.