In a fantastic milestone for accessibility in Hamilton’s recreation facilities, the city has just built a new wheelchair swing in the playground facilities at Gage Park.
This swing, built as a playground amenity specifically for the enjoyment of Hamilton’s wheelchair users, is also notable for being the first of its kind in the entire city.
The swing’s opening comes a year after Hamilton resident Rebecca Shea’s initial efforts to raise money for project. Soon after Shea began fundraising, the city’s public works committee agreed to provide $50,000 from Ward 3’s area rating reserve towards the swing, to supplement the over $4,000 in private donations.
“This swing is one step towards more inclusive play and to ensure our playgrounds are truly accessible,” said Ward 3 Councillor Nrinder Nann in a post on social media.
Though the swing is already up and running for public use, a formal ribbon cutting for the new swing will be performed this Saturday, September 19th at 10 am.
The ceremony will be performed virtually via livestream on Facebook and Instagram for those who want to partake from home, and those who may want to attend in person at Gage Park are asked to email [email protected] to help ensure that attendees are able to maintain safe physical distance from others.