Wheelchair youngsters get new play equipment at Dover play park

Contributed by editor on Feb 17, 2009 - 01:00 AM

Ground breaking play equipment for youngsters using wheelchairs has been opened at Elms Vale Recreation
Ground as part of an ongoing commitment
to invest in play areas and to promote accessibility across the

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The play park includes a roundabout that is
accessible to wheelchair users and a multiplay unit with wide slide.

The slide lets two children or an dult and a child to
use the slide together.

Other improvements have also
been made to increase accessibility, including the creation of two
disabled parking bays next to the play area. The new equipment was
selected to offer opportunities for inclusive play.

The Elms Vale play area in Dover is one of DDC's nine strategic play

The council is carrying out a programme of
improvements and renovations to these sites and work has already been
carried out at Pencester Gardens, Marke Wood and the Butts in Sandwich,
together with a state-of-the-art concrete skate park which was launched
in Victoria Park in Deal in October last year.

Cllr Nigel Collor, Cabinet Member for Access and Property Management,
said: “These exciting new facilities at Elms Vale are an important part
of our ongoing commitment to promote accessibility and improve strategic
sites across the district.”

Cllr Mrs Julie Rook, Cabinet Member for Community, Citizenship, Youth
and Sport said: “We are very pleased to open these facilities, which
provide a great space for all children to play. We are committed to
investing in our communities and I am especially pleased that our play
areas are becoming more and more accessible to all children.”