Park providing fun for handicap kids

SANDUSKY Children with disabilities now have a friendlier place to play. A new handicap-accessible playground will be
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Children with disabilities now have a friendlier place to play.

A new handicap-accessible playground will be dedicated this weekend at Wightman-Wieber Park near Scott Street.

The play structure allows children in wheelchairs direct access to playground equipment. Even the surface material and ground are engineered to be wheel-friendly, said Gary Packan, assistant city manager.

With some help, children can go down several slides.

A concrete pathway through the grass leads to the equipment for easy access to the play area.

The playground was funded by a community block grant and a donation from the Wightman-Wieber Foundation.

The total cost of the playground was about $60,000.

The playground will be dedicated in honor of the Wightman and Wieber families' two daughters who were killed in a train crash in February 1989.

Karleen Wieber said Darlene Wightman came up with the idea of the handicap-accessible play area because one of her relatives found playing on regular playground equipment difficult after losing her leg in an accident.

The equipment is not exclusively for handicapped children. Wieber is excited to watch her grandchildren get good use out of the new play equipment.

The playground is the first of its kind in the area, Packan said.