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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Don’t forget special needs at parks


I read with interest that Langley’s Parks and Open Space Commission is planning an upgrade to Generation Park/Playground. In these days of iPads, electronic games, TV, movies and so many tempting static play options, it is wonderful to watch children playing outside in a well-kept playground. I commend the commission for its work and commitment to the community.

I would like to encourage them to provide “play for all” in all playgrounds. There is nothing sadder than seeing a special needs child visit a playground where there is nothing they can use. A good beginning would be the inclusion of at least one adaptive swing in each playground. This swing can be used by a disabled child but also by a child too small for many swings.

There is a wide variety of adaptive-play equipment which can be used and enjoyed by all children. Realizing that funding is always an issue, I would encourage the commission to explore one of the many grant opportunities for adaptive play.



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