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feet and a turning circle, or " T "
turn, to be a minimum of five feet
as well. Studies by Dr. Ed Steinfeld
of the University of Buffalo ( " Anthropometry of Wheeled Mobility
Project " can be found at the Center
for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access) confirm that these
wider spaces provide more realistic turning spaces for people using
mobility devices. These walkway
widths also allow for travel in both
directions, while allowing people

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of individuals with mobility devices
are unable to physically push or walk
up these slopes. The lower running
slopes below 5 percent allow for
more individuals to independently
use the walkways and make it easier
for people pushing strollers and pulling wagons.
In addition to the gentle slopes,
the walkways are wide at more
than 12 feet in some locations. The
ADA requires walkways with passing spaces to be a minimum of five

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to walk side by side with plenty of
space for guests coming from the
other direction to pass. This design
is more inclusive for both people
using mobility devices and larger
groups of guests.
The large playground area,
known as the Chapman Adventure
Playground, provides experiences,
such as swinging, sand playing,
sliding and climbing. In addition,
its large vertical play structure provides an interactive group feature.
To move water up the structure, a
group of up to 10 individuals need
to work together at different levels.
The mechanism to move the water can be operated several different ways, by a hand crank, a seat
that a guest sits on and rocks back
and forth, or a large loop bar that a
group of guests can grab and move
back and forth to operate. This type
of play provides opportunities for
children and adults of various abilities to interact and play together.
Also within the Chapman Adventure Playground area is a bank
of single-user restrooms. These
restrooms have been designed for
both child and adult accessibility.
Each single-user restroom provides
the spacing for larger mobility devices, as well as a private space for
individuals who need assistance.
In addition to the physical accessibility features of the park, there
are features designed for children
who are on the autism spectrum.
It provides desensitizing spaces
for those who need a quiet area
to relax and avoid becoming overstimulated, including the single-user
restrooms and Williams Lodge,
a large indoor area for the public.
There also are sensory bags that in-

Designers of Gathering Place were
highly committed to creating accessible
park features.



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