Planning for equitable access
Planning for equitable access is based on the concept and principles of universal design. In a practical sense in relation to sport and recreation facilities, this means that planning should be undertaken to ensure that the design of the facility supports and enables use by everyone. This includes children and older adults, people of different sizes and abilities, people with and without access challenges, people who are left handed or right handed and people using a range of mobility aids.
Fundamental to effective planning are notions central to universal design of equitable and dignified access, for example, if people using mobility aids, such as prams or wheelchairs, can only enter a building through a rear entry and must move through a working kitchen to reach the customer service area because there are steps at the principal pedestrian entry with no level entry or ramp access, then equitable, dignified access has not been provided.
A key aim of equitable access and design in sporting and recreation facilities is that everybody is afforded the same opportunities to participate in all aspects of the facilities, programs and services and has access to products in an equitable, dignified manner. This includes people who are active sporting participants, administrators, spectators, visitors and others who may be using the facility for any reason, at any time.