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Chapel Hill considers spots for accessible playground

Posted May 11, 2015

Slide at Homestead Park, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill officials are considering spots for a playground designed for children with mental or physical disabilities.

The town currently has 10 playgrounds with some accessibility for kids with special needs, according to a town report. But there is no single play area that is all or mostly accessible, it says.

Town staff are considering four potential sites for a new accessible playground. They are 2200 Homestead Rd., Cedar Falls Park; Erwin Road just south of Interstate 40; and Southern Community Park. A public forum will be schedule in May or June with more information about the project. It's also an opportunity for the public to offer their thoughts and ideas.

A report on the potential sites and the public input will be presented to the Town Council in the fall. Design would begin once a site is selected.

Right now, there are few playgrounds in the area that are entirely accessible for children of all abilities. Some have one or two features intended for children in a wheelchair, for instance. Others make a bigger effort to include all. Kids Together in Cary has many accessible elements. In Raleigh, there are plans to remake the playground at Laurel Hills Community Center so it's better designed for children with disabilities. (If you know of others, please share in the comments).

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