I joined a group of designers from Landscape Structures and educators to observe children with disabilities playing on an EVOS structure. Landscape Structure, a leading manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, has been saying that EVOS meets ADA since its creative inception. However, there have been many sceptics.
After spending 3 hours watching children play on an EVOS structure in Florida, I have no doubt about it, as long as the EVOS structure is placed on the proper surfacing it is incredibly accessible. I still think it is important to add swings next to your EVOS structure and fence the entire playground to increase the different types of disabilities you can accommodate.
According to Landscape Structures (LSI) The Evos™ playsystem has quickly become their most popular play structure. Evos attracts kids ages 5 to 12+ with its unique appearance and challenging play experiences:
- With no prescribed entry points or exits kids can flex their mental and physical muscles.
- It is designed to grow with a child’s development, meaning that any child regardless of their ability can find somewhere to play on the structure and once they grasp a skill, can move to another more challenging skill.
- With the appropriate surfacing, all Evos play components are 100 percent ground-level accessible. This means all of the play starts at the ground and not at the top of a ladder. So if a child cannot climb, they are still in the middle of the play.
- More than 25 components allows you to create endless configurations so you can build a perfect accessible playground for the children who will be playing on your playground.
Landscape Structures, Inc. did not pay for the endorsement of their product. These are the opinions of Mara Kaplan and Let Kids Play. If EVOS is placed on Wood Fiber as you see in some of the pictures on Landscape Structures website, EVOS is no longer truly accessible. It will meet ADA. Only synthetic surfacing will make it accessible for all.