On June 14th, the city of Grande-Synthe (in the French region Hauts-de-France) inaugurated the new play area accessible for children with special needs, with the Mayor, Damien Carême, elected representatives, children and supervising staff from specialized institutes, families from the Grande-Synthe region and Proludic representatives.
200 m2, 80 000 € worth of investments… this play area corresponds to the community’s desire to “make the city accessible for all, and to make all public structures accessible”.
Last Wednesday, there was a joyful atmosphere in this space where all children, with or without special needs, played together on the various equipment installed: multi play unit with an access ramp, low platforms, protected staircase, play panels on ground level, a tube slide, a large slide where two children can slide together (or with an accompanying adult), a double springer with backrests, side panels and handles, a trampoline and musical equipment.
The first objective was to design an inclusive play area: “This is a public play area, accessible to all, which allows children to spend time together. Children in wheelchairs have fun on the trampoline! It’s rewarding to be able to fully participate to this, and that’s important” explains Sylvain Sperandio, Director of the Jacques Collache medical educational institute.
Ludovic Laurent, Deputy Head of the Green Space Services ads: “children are laughing. (…) children with a handicap play with children who are not handicapped. Except for children in wheelchairs, it’s hard to make the difference between both”.
A TV report was made of the inauguration and broadcasted on the local ASTV TV.
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