Regina Mom Pushes for Accessible Playground

CBC news, Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Regina mother is encouraging the city to build a new wheelchair-accessible playground.

Cindy Leggott, who uses a wheelchair to get around, wants to see an accessible playground built near Jean Vanier Elementary School.

Leggott said the playground would allow her to spend more quality time with her two-year-old daughter because traditional playgrounds are more difficult
for her to use.

“This particular structure is going to be on a surface that is not sand – it’s going to be on a rubberized surface that will allow any wheelchair to
go on it without having the risk of getting stuck.”

Leggott said missing out on playtime with her daughter has been difficult.

“She’ll be three in February and she is be old enough to know that other mommies and other people play with their kids on play structure,” she said.

“So we’ve had to explain to her that I can’t get there because the chair will get stuck.”

She said having a wheelchair-accessible playground near her home would make a huge difference.

“It makes me feel like more of a mom. It makes me feel like I’m taking part in the memories that are being created.”

The new accessible playground will cost an estimated $300,000.

Larry Schneider with Optimist Clubs of Regina said the group has promised to contribute $41,000 to the project.

“It does provide for an amenity and an opportunity for families to get together,” he said.

“We think this is an essential part of the community system that we have – that any city has.”

The city is expected to announce its contribution in next year’s budget.

Reproduced from http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2010/11/24/sask-wheelchair-accessible-playground-regina.html#ixzz16FuCaF1o