Longview parks will have wheelchair accessible swings

The city of Longview is currently developing new swing sets that will be accessible for those in wheelchairs.

LONGVIEW - Soon, kids who use wheelchairs will get to experience the joyous feeling of being at the park like every other kid does. The parks will have two sets of swings. Both will allow children to ride alone unassisted.

Scott Caron is the parks and recreation director for the city.
With swings on the verge of being wheelchair accessible, he believes Longview is on its way to being more progressive. 

"When you're involved in a project like this where you're reaching a segment of the population that may not experience swinging like other children, that's pretty exciting," Caron said. 

The director said the best part about working in parks and recreation is giving East Texans a chance play when they want. 

Longview will have a new swing set in each district.
Thousands of dollars have been funded into this project, something the city has been working on since the Summer of 2016. 

The city already received the swings, barriers and other tools to assemble the set. Caron said the new swing sets will give all kids an chance to have fun outside.

The first set of swings are expected to be installed by Christmas of 2016. Stamper Park will be the first place to have it.  

 

(© 2016 KYTX)


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