ALL Kids Deserve Accessible Playgrounds -Please Match the $500k WA State RCO Grant
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Right now, the playgrounds in our valley are not accessible to ALL of the children in our community. ALL children deserve an opportunity to use swings, slides, merry-go-rounds and zip lines that work for their bodies. Let’s right this wrong for the kids in our community that have NEVER had a chance to play on a playground that meets their physical needs! Please share this petition so that we can ensure that every child is given a chance to play outdoors with their peers!
We are asking for the City Council of Snoqualmie to contribute the matching contribution of $500,000 that is needed to qualify for the $500,000 State of WA RCO Grant. We are in the final stages of being awarded this RCO Grant, and we need the City to provide a $500,000 match.
ALL of the children in our community deserve to have a playground that works for their bodies, not just the bodies of typically developing children. In a community with so many parks for typically developing children, we need to ask the City to take care of the children who are missing out on so many of the childhood experiences we take for granted, like playing at a playground with their peers.
The ADA specifically requires that “each service, program or activity conducted by a public entity, when viewed in its entirety, be readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities.”
Each park in Snoqualmie is not accessible to individuals with disabilities. Our City Parks do not offer comparable experiences for all. It's time that the city contributes an equitable amount of citizen tax dollars for accessible playgrounds.
The law covers “both indoor and outdoor areas where human-constructed improvements, structures, equipment or property have been added to the natural environment.” For example, a playground that offers swinging, sliding, climbing and manipulative or interactive experiences must provide comparable experiences for all. If it has several slides and two or more swings, it is considered accessible if children with disabilities can use one of the slides and one of the swings.
The Mayor and City Councilmembers were elected to serve all members of this community. Please join me in asking our elected officials to serve the children in our community who have never been able to play in a playground in the City of Snoqualmie.
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