Parks can be hard when you have a child with a disability. When our son was younger we would take him on swings on our lap, do slides and the other equipment as best we could. As he got older it became one of my least favourite places to go. AJ was able to do everything at the park while our son just looked on.
We sought out parks where we could take an adapted tag a long bike. We also started to look for parks with a Liberty Swing (swing that takes a wheelchair on it) There are many parks with these now and our son loves them.
I still don’t find park’s the easiest places to go but I now look for a park with a Liberty swing, a cafe and some nice walks etc where our son can use his electric wheelchair. Now AJ is older she is happy to ride a bike or scooter and the play equipment isn’t as much a part of a park visit. Parks are often a place that people meet up with other friends and family. If someone suggests meeting at a park and your first reaction is “oh no!”, maybe rethink it and suggest you choose the park. That way you can find one that will suit your family if you are taking into consideration a wheelchair. You might already know a great park but if not here are a few that we like.
Click on the Parks category in the menu to the right.
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