Have you ever wondered why you only see healthy children with no disabilities playing in the playgrounds?
Plimmerton Rotary has done some research and discovered that there is a Liberty Swing (which holds a wheelchair) in Lloyd Elsmore Park in Auckland. Put there by Variety Liberty Swings, it is designed to give children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the exhilaration and freedom of a playground swing alongside their fully-able playmates.
Ongoing investigations are taking place to see what can be done in our local area, in particular at Aotea Lagoon Playground which is a beautiful open space but which could, nonetheless, present some challenges to disabled people. It provides a lovely environment where children can play safely but it’s almost impossible for a child in a wheelchair to negotiate the bark chips in order to reach, or even touch, some of the equipment.
Porirua City Council is already making some changes and accessibility has been improved and equipment has been provided for children with different ranges of abilities in some playgrounds.
The Rotary Club of Plimmerton supports the need for play areas suitable for all children and will be undertaking some research to find out what more can be done. Potentially this would be a very large project requiring not only the involvement of Rotary, but also the support of local businesses and the whole community. Contact us if you'd like to become involved.