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Parks form an essential part of any city, providing a green lung for the benefit and welfare of its citizens. Any park should therefore be inclusive and accessible for everyone to enjoy, including children and their families, expectant women, older persons, and persons with disabilities.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, target 11.7 specifically calls for the provision of universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.

Making parks inclusive involves a number of agencies, from government decision-makers and providers, as well as property developers in the case of private parks, to the designers and builders, aided by the collective advice of civil-society user groups to ensure an optimal outcome.

This quick guide is intended as a manual to aid in the decision-making, planning and design detailing of parks of any size or in any setting, both for new builds and the upgrading of existing parks, both public and private.

Part I of the guide provides technical content on how to design inclusive parks. Part II showcases a variety of parks in different cities to demonstrate good practice and make suggestions for cost-effective improvements that could be applied when upgrading to higher standards of universal design.