Fingal County Council announced the opening of Ireland’s first inclusive wheelchair accessible swing. Located in the playground at Millennium Park, Coolmine the new amenity opened on Saturday last (Dec 18), writes Rose Barrett.
The new accessible toilet facilities and changing unit were opened earlier in 2021; the council’s Operations Department were keen to add to their inclusive offering with the introduction of more inclusive play facilities in the D15 playground.
The We-Go-Swing® is a revolutionary step forward in inclusive play experience. Designed to be integrated into any playground setting, this swing lets kids of all abilities play together and experience the thrill of swinging. With no need to transfer, the We-Go-Swing opens up a whole new world of playground fun.
Mary Daly, Director of Operations and Water at Fingal Co Co, said that inclusivity is a key priority for play facilities, which encourages social interaction and inclusive for all. “The We-Go-Swing allows all children, with and without additional needs, to truly play together without barriers or difference affecting their experience. “
The introduction of an accessible trampoline to further support universal access and use in Fingal playgrounds will be introduced in January 2022 and work is ongoing to improve accessible and inclusive play facilities throughout the county.
The We-Go-Swing does not need to be segregated from the play space, surrounded by a fence, or locked when not in use and the swing features handlebars designed to assist with moving the swing while keeping users in place, and rotates up for easy entrance and exit.
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