Oct 26, 2010 7:12 PM by Veronica White

First Handicap Accessible Playground in Acadiana

Acadiana's first handicap-accessible playground is now open.

The project locals have seen under construction at Girard Gark opened its gates Tuesday afternoon.

Children in wheelchairs and those with developmental disabilities inspired the Kiwanis Club to create "Parc Independence."

"The first place (the idea) came up is I have a child with special needs like a lot of people in the community," says Kemper Bowen from Kiwanis.

This almost 5-year, 300-thousand dollar project is funded by Lafayette Kiwanis and Lafayette Consolidated Government.

The entire area is accessible to parents and children and it is soft-surfaced for safety.

"I don't have to worry about them running off to a dangerous situation. They've done a wonderful job providing toys and things for sensory input which they desire," says mother Robin Bowen.

This is just step one in a 3-step project that includes expanding the playground to include a baseball area and accessibility to the other parts of Girard Park.



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