Accessible picnic settings
Since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1992, accessibility has become a prime consideration in street and park furniture. Today, we see a growing trend towards furniture in particular picnic settings to provide wheel chair access. The guide to manufacturing wheel chair access is the Australian Standard 1428.2 Design for Access and Mobility.
Wheel chair accessibility in a picnic setting can be completed in a couple of ways; the first and our most commonly manufactured, is by providing a space at the ends of the setting, the second, is by providing a space along one of the sides, both ways have their advantages and are applicable to the individual location and situation.
Wheel chair access on the table ends enables the seats to remain, it also allows for easy manoeuvring into position for someone in a wheel chair. If the setting is under a shelter, then generally there are no posts or obstructions to the table ends, which tends to be the most commonly chosen method by our customers for public spaces.
Wheel chair access along the sides of a picnic setting will have general seating removed or reduced to allow for the wheel chair to easily fit within AS1428.2 guidelines.
Over the years we have manufactured a substantial amount of wheel chair accessible street and park furniture items and now we carry a number of standard design picnic settings that cater for wheel chair accessibility. Look for the Accessible Options under the individual product or go to the “Downloads” section and download the Picnic Table Accessible Selection Chart in “Catalogues”.