With support from Dogwood Health Trust, Sand Hill Lions Club, and local residents, wheelchair swings can now be found at three Buncombe County parks, including Owen Park in Swannanoa. The new swings conform to ADA standards for accessible design, with ramps that allow easy access onto and off a 32-inch wide platform. Wheelchairs can be easily maneuvered on specially engineered mulch that also acts as a safety feature in case of a fall.
“We are grateful and thankful for the community organizations that helped fund these swings that integrate into existing playgrounds,” said Josh O’Conner, Director of Buncombe County Recreation Services. “Only through meaningful buy-in from community members are we able to provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy our parks in mutually beneficial and respectful ways.”