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Principles of Inclusive Playground Design: Cozy Spots

Playcore and the Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities developed a list of 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design. One of the 7 Principles that we consider when creating a playground design is No. 5 - SAFE. Cozy Spots are quiet and restful spots in the playground design for retreat and relaxation for children with sensory processing sensitivities, allowing for users to stay for longer periods.

When designing for inclusive playgrounds the designers at Struthers Recreation constantly examine their plans for adherence to the 7 principles because they understand how important it is to produce an #inclusiveplaygrounddesign. Not only is it important for the children who will be playing, it is also important to think of the caregivers who bring their children to the park. The 7 Principles guide many design ideas so that everyone can play.

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The Seven Principles of Inclusive Playground Design

1. Be Fair

Create Equitable Opportunities
  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Communication
  • Social/Emotional
  • Sensory


2. Be Included

Access Flexibility
  • Ramps
  • Climbers
  • Links
  • Transfer Platforms


3. Be Smart

Simple and Intuitive Design
  • Behavioral Clues
  • Sensory Feedback
  • Well Organized
  • Reinforce Play Patterns
  • Set Clear Expectations


4. Be Independent

Individual Exploration
  • Accessible Surfaces
  • Accessible Routes of Travel
  • Slide Transfers


5. Be Safe

Safety Standards and Comfort Areas
  • Comfortable Supervision Areas
  • Clear Visibility
  • Cozy Spots
  • Jump-In Points


6. Be Active

Accommodate Diverse Needs
  • Sustained Physical Activity
  • Cooperation
  • Socialization


7. Be Comfortable

Space for Movement and Gathering
  • Comfortable for Diverse Sensory Needs
  • Comfortable Approach and Reach
  • Environmental Relief








Sensory Cove Climber - Square


Sensory Cove Climber (Square)

Children use the Sensory Cove Climber as a quiet space to rest, relax and gather with friends. It's the perfect place to observe play from a distance until you are ready to join in, or a sensory-relief area, when necessary. More than a seating and gathering area, this versatile product doubles as a climbing activity. Model Number: 6249


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Sensory Cove Climber (Triangle)

Children use the Sensory Cove Climber as a quiet space to rest, relax and gather with friends. It's the perfect place to observe play from a distance until you are ready to join in, or a sensory-relief area, when necessary. More than a seating and gathering area, this versatile product doubles as a climbing activity! Model Number: 6258


When you envision your inclusive playground from Struthers Recreation let us know that you would like to incorporate a Cozy Spot as a needed rest area for anyone needing a break from any sensory overloads that may happen while playing. With a Cozy Spot in your playground everyone will be able to take needed breaks and stay longer and play harder.

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