Councilmember Dinowitz partners with BetaNYC to debut playground accessibility map


New York City Councilmember Eric Dinowitz has partnered with BetaNYC to debut a map that shows the level of playground accessibility near homes and schools throughout New York City. The map was created as a public resource for those with disabilities and their families to find playgrounds around the city that are safe and accessible for them. It features important information including wheelchair accessibility, access to comfort stations at restrooms, and the presence of inclusive play elements designed for children with sensory processing disorders.

The public resource fills an accessibility gap in the maps provided by the city Parks Department, which does not currently offer a map with filters for accessible playgrounds, according to Zhi King, civic innovation lab manager at BetaNYC.