New ac­ces­si­ble play­ground opens

Ac­ces­si­ble play­ground of­fi­cially opens in New Glas­gow

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

All abil­i­ties wel­come at New Glas­gow site.

Af­ter a cou­ple of years of fundrais­ing, a new ac­ces­si­ble play­ground of­fi­cially opened at the West Side Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Oct. 27.

“We started this about two years ago,” said Michelle Mullins, fundrais­ing chair­woman for the WSCC. “We had two ball hockey tour­na­ments and a ball hockey league to raise our share, and we re­ceived a fed­eral grant for $44,000.”

The ball hockey tour­na­ment and league raised more than $16,000 to­ward the project and the Town of New Glas­gow also helped with some of the labour to prep the area for the play­ground equip­ment and laid down an as­phalt path­way.

“That was part for the process in get­ting this set up,” said Ni­cole Walsh, vice-pres­i­dent of the WSCC. “This is kind of Phase 1 of hav­ing the first ac­ces­si­ble play­ground in Pic­tou County, so, we’re go­ing to con­tinue to raise money and build from here.”

Mullins said they at­tempted to have the play­ground de­signed to ac­com­mo­date as many types of chal­lenges as pos­si­ble.

“The play­ground is set up not just for chil­dren in wheel­chairs, but for chil­dren with autism or with abil­i­ties, phys­i­cally, men­tally or emo­tion­ally.”

For ex­am­ple, “we have dif­fer­ent climb­ing struc­tures for chil­dren of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties,” she said.

“We want to have ac­ces­si­ble swings, and we’d like to get some more equip­ment that draws in more peo­ple to the play­ground.”

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

Clara Walsh at the new ac­ces­si­ble play­ground, lo­cated at the West Side Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in New Glas­gow.

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