A Swing Forward into Inclusivity

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Canyon View Park’s newest addition will allow children of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the park. During the process of envisioning a wheelchair accessible swing, Grand Junction swing for a cause found a lack of services for people with disabilities in the community.
“We noticed as a community that this is something missing and something that we feel we can be doing better and Grand Junction Swing for a Cause is wanting to help facilitate that happening,” Vanessa Perez, founder of Swing for a Cause said.

Grand Junction’s first wheelchair accessible swing is apart of a greater project to make public areas all-inclusive.
“I definitely think that the wheelchair accessible swing is going to be a conversation starter for us to be learning more from our disabled community about what their needs are and what their wants are,” Perez said.

Through swing for a cause, Canyon View Park is the new home to a wheelchair accessible swing that incorporates children of all abilities. The Canyon View playground is now an example of how the Kiwanis club and other supporters can meet a need in the community.

“We felt that this was one of the main things that we didn’t have in this community was inclusive playground equipment and so we felt there was a great project for us to get involved into help whatever way we can,” Erick Field, Kiwanis Club member said.

All-inclusive playground equipment is very expensive, after five years of fundraising and support from many local companies this project is a success, but the project to make the whole community more inclusive is just beginning

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