City approves purchase of handicapped accessible playground equipment

Pictured is an image of what the new playground equipment and layout for Halferty Park in Chariton. At the top right is the new wheelchair swing, which will be able to be used by both handicapped children and adults.

At their meeting Sept. 3, the Chariton City Council heard a presentation on playground improvements for Halferty Park, which will include a wheelchair swing and handicap access sidewalk, making it the first handicap accessible park in Chariton.

The Rotary Club of Chariton, Chariton Kiwanis, ARC of Lucas County, the City of Chariton, a grant received from the South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) and a grant from Community 1st Credit Union have all come together to work on upgrading the playground equipment and adding a poured rubber base for safety at Halferty Park.

Bruce Taylor of the Chariton Kiwanis Club spoke before the council and said that the idea for the playground equipment improvement additions for Halferty Park originated with Kiwanis.

“In Kiwanis, we have an annual thing called Children Priority 1 and this was our yearly project, to get more equipment for the park. Once I realized there was no playground equipment at Halferty Park except for the globe/jungle gym, I presented it to the Kiwanis Board that we need to start a project to get playground equipment in place in Halferty Park,” Taylor said. The Kiwanis Board unanimously agreed with this project suggestion.

One of Kiwanis’ Club’s monthly commitments is working with Aktion Club, which is a club for disabled and handicapped young adults.

“We have people in wheelchairs and wanted to put a swing in the park playground for the disabled that could be used by either handicapped children or adults,” Taylor said.

Read the September 12, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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