Provide access to outdoor playgrounds
Rationale: Playgrounds with creative, cooperative, and physical play elements create opportunities for children to socialize, exercise, and learn — lowering the risk of developing obesity and emotional and behavioral disorders.
Requirement Guidance: For buildings with multiple entrances, identify a main building entrance that is used to access a common area within the building such as a lobby, reception area, or main circulation pathway.
A playground area may qualify for more than one building. A combination of multiple playground areas that meet the below requirements may qualify for the strategy.
Demonstrate compliance with the below:
Outdoor Playground Within Project Boundary (Full Credit):
Demonstrate compliance with all of the following requirements:
- Identify an outdoor playground that incorporates elements for a minimum of two of the following types of play:
- creative or imaginative play (such as colorful ground markings, moving elements, or other equipment that allows children to imagine scenarios)
- cooperative play (such as sand boxes, building blocks, or other equipment that requires at least two children to play)
- physical play (such as monkey bars, climbing walls, or other equipment that requires children to exert physical effort).
- Ensure that the identified playground is free of charge to all residential occupants.
- Locate the identified playground within a 1/2-mile or 800-meter walking route of a main building entrance(s).
- Ensure the playground is open and functional year-round.
Types of compliance documentation required:
- Annotated design drawings
- Annotated photographs
- Certified statements
- Annotated map