SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Councilwoman Christine Faustini has proposed that an adaptive swing be installed at Willow Park. According to Faustini, there are no swings at any of the parks in town that are specifically designed to accommodate children in wheelchairs or with any special physical needs.
“I would like to give credit to eight year-old Grace Ann Farrell, who approached me with her concern over the lack of swings for children who may be confined to wheelchairs,” said Faustini. “Willow Park is the perfect place to add a swing for this purpose.”
Willow Park, which is located behind the Library and Municipal Complex recently expanded to six additional swings and a tire swing. A new adaptive swing was discussed at the most recent Library Board meeting, and the Board unanimously agreed to purchase the swing.
“When Councilwoman Faustini approached me about an adaptive swing I knew right away, this is something that needed to be done, and something the Library Board would be committed to supporting,” said Library Board Member Raymond Rusnak. “We’ve reached out to South Plainfield’s Recreation Director for assistance in obtaining the proper swing, and all I can say is the swing is on its way.”
“I think it’s a fabulous idea,” said Mayor Anesh, “and I think we should look at other parks within the Borough to see how we can expand recreational services.” Faustini agreed. “There are a number of events in town each year dedicated to assisting others, but I think it is so important to have the facilities in place that can accommodate all kids, no matter what their gifts or talents,” said Faustini. “All children should have access to play equipment. Play is crucial to developing social skills to assist individuals throughout life. They deserve some space.”