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Joy as new wheelchair swing opens in park

Swansea's Victoria Park has a new attraction for children who use wheelchairs and it is already proving a hit.


A special Ability Swing which has been added to the play area in the park opened today.

The new piece of specialist equipment allows children to play on the swing without having to leave their wheelchair and is the first of its kind in a public park in Swansea.

Swansea Council has installed the swing in response to calls from parents and young people.

Cllr Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "This is something parents have been asking about for some time so it is really pleasing to see it open and the positive reaction from children.

"I'm sure it will be well used and is part of our commitment to make services as accessible as possible for all."

Victoria Park was chosen after extensive consultation because it is flat, central to most areas of the city and it has nearby parking and support services.

Among those present at the opening was members of the Swansea Play Access Group.  Chairman Quentin Hawkins said: "I believe the acid test for any society is not its technological expertise, not its wealth, but its treatment of those of its members who are vulnerable and needy.

"All of us here are committed to providing disabled and special needs children with the opportunities for play which their able bodied peers enjoy.

"I have waited many years for this moment and was therefore delighted to declare the swing open."

The swing is accessed via a radar key controlled gate and has straps for securing a wheelchair within a contained compartment.

Swansea Council has covered the cost of the equipment and installation but it is looking for a business to sponsor the facility. Contact without any obligation for more details.

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