Oxford Board to Consider Funding for Wheelchair-Accessible Playground Equipment

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-Information courtesy Cynthia Bowen, City Clerk, City of Oxford

As an add-on agenda item to their Tuesday, August 13 meeting, the City of Oxford Board of Commissioners will consider accepting the Granville County Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Grant award for purchase and installation of a “Cruiser Inclusive Rocker” at Hix Playground.

On July 3, 2019, the Granville County Board of Commissioners approved a $19,500 allocation made by the Granville County Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee for the ADA Rocker Project. The City of Oxford Finance Department received the grant funds August 12, 2019.

The “Cruiser Inclusive Rocker” is the first piece of equipment at a Granville County playground that allows users to incorporate a wheelchair during play. The Cruiser is both wheelchair accessible and accessible by children of all abilities at the same time.

The “Cruiser Inclusive Rocker” is the first piece of equipment at a Granville County playground that allows users to incorporate a wheelchair during play. The Cruiser is both wheelchair accessible and accessible by children of all abilities at the same time.

The Parks and Recreation Department will also purchase and install a “Touch & Play Piano panel” and a drum panel as part of the playground improvement. The music panels are accessible and will allow children of all abilities to experience and enjoy the benefits of music. The panels aid in the development of fine motor skills & control including coordination and balance.

RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends accepting and utilizing the grant funds within the fiscal year 2020 for the purchase and installation of the “Cruiser Inclusive Rocker” at Hix Park Playground.

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