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The play’s the thing: Vancouver works to make its parks more accessible, fun for children of all abilities

Second fully inclusive playground in city will open next month

By Carlos Fuentes, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 19, 2023, 6:14am
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Trees rise above a playground at DuBois Park in Vancouver. The playground, which has a wheelchair user-friendly disc swing, is not considered fully accessible due to the wood chip surface. At top, a disc swing hangs at the under-construction Marshall Park.
Trees rise above a playground at DuBois Park in Vancouver. The playground, which has a wheelchair user-friendly disc swing, is not considered fully accessible due to the wood chip surface. At top, a disc swing hangs at the under-construction Marshall Park. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Vancouver is home to more than 70 parks with play equipment, but until this year, none of them were fully accessible to children who use wheelchairs or have various physical disabilities.

That all changed four months ago with the opening of the new Esther Short Park playground, which boasts fully inclusive play equipment, including a ground-level merry-go-round, swings with enhanced safety equipment and a synthetic turf surface in lieu of a less accessible material, such as wood chips.

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