INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE PARK FOR WELL-BEING AND ACTIVE AGEING
Nestled within Padova’s (PD) urban landscape, this novel and transformative Inclusive and Accessible Living Lab reimagines public spaces as havens of opportunity, welcoming people of all abilities to thrive, explore, and connect. This Living Lab is not just an urban park. It embodies the future, where every individual, regardless of their abilities, can independently and safely enjoy outdoor living and leisure time. Here, accessible and usable urban furniture and rides designed for adults and children with and without disabilities harmoniously coexist. Besides, state-of-the-art sports equipment supports well-being and active aging. The inclusive and accessible park is also a hub of inspiration for companies and public administrations. We can invite them to witness firsthand the transformative potential of inclusive urban planning and design. Indeed, the Living Lab offers a unique opportunity for these stakeholders to explore the future of urban development. Through “Test Before Invest” services, companies can assess the feasibility and impact of inclusive features, gaining invaluable insights to shape the parks of tomorrow. Public administrations can use this living example to enhance their urban spaces, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment within their communities.