Lansing parents fear that the planned accessible playground will not actually be accessible
LANSING, me. –
The proposed location is near Lansing’s riverside in Adado Riverfront Park, near a fire station and busy roads.
Capital Area Community Foundation 2021
“My son has cerebral palsy, alcohol fetus syndrome and a few other things. And he’s got some sensory issues too, and he’s so close to a big fire station … if you hear those sirens it’s going to cause problems, ”said Brian Hagler
Hagler also said his son Christopher uses a wheelchair and that he has concerns about the busy roads and the park being near the river.
“My son doesn’t drive his power chair as fast because we slowed it down so I can normally catch him before he gets close. But not all parents are lucky enough to be able to control their child’s speed,” Hagler said .
Laurie Baumer, executive president of the Capital Region Community Foundation, addressed some of Hagler’s concerns.
She said they partnered with the Disability Network to make sure the entire playground is industry-standard, universally accessible, and partnered with the Mid Michigan Autism Association to help design it.
She said they would put up a fence to keep children from wandering near the water.
For parents like Hagler who have wheelchair-accessible vans, there is an exclusive car park with enough space to lower a wheelchair ramp.
To the annoying sirens of the fire station, Baumer said: “We know that the playground will not be ideal for every family. We also recognize that there are children without disabilities who are disturbed by sirens. So every family must make this decision for their own family’s needs. And we know that it will not meet everyone’s needs, but rather for those families who feel comfortable and safe in the room. It’s a very, very welcoming and accessible space. “
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