Date of Award
Masters Capstone Project
M.S. in Geographic Information Science
College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment
Geographic information systems, Accessibility, Playgrounds
Inclusive and accessible playgrounds are a vital component to a sustainable and healthy community. These types of playgrounds encourage interactions between children of all abilities, which is a key component of social, emotional, and physical development. Playgrounds are often outdated or built without considering the needs of different types of community members. This is often due to lack of research about what it means to build an accessible playground and lack of awareness of the need for this type of play coming from city officials and park planners. Many parents and caregivers are left wondering where accessible playgrounds are located, or which playgrounds near them have at least some level of accessibility, like hard surfacing and ramps for wheelchair access. Spatial tools like GIS are the key to bridge the gap between what currently exists, and what can be built to create a brighter future of play for children in the community.
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Brittny N. Wagner
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Wagner, Brittny N., "A Lack of Inclusive Playgrounds and How GIS Can Bridge the Gap: A Case Study in Metro Denver" (2023). Geography and the Environment: Graduate Student Capstones. 78.