Olivet inaugurates an inclusive playground, also accessible to disabled children

A playground where all children can have fun, including children with disabilities: artificial pearl inaugurated his first playground with inclusive games – Accessible to all, including wheelchairs. The area is located in the swift plain, on the banks of the Loiret, has just been renovated. Take advantage of this reform to install inclusive games: the idea was born within the framework of calls for projects for the participatory budget of the city last year.

A mother’s fight

Behind this idea, there is a mother: Hayat Ezzarhouni. “I am the mother of 3 children, including Louna, 5 and a half years old, who suffers from Temple-Baraitser syndrome.she says. It is a rare syndrome, very debilitating. And when we went out to the playgrounds, I noticed that in Olivet and even in the metropolis, Louna did not have suitable games for her. As her older brother and her younger sister played and laughed, she was forced to stay still. And that, I can tell you that as a mom it hurts, I even cried.

Even a child in a wheelchair can have fun on the inclusive trampoline at Olivet Playground
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Francois Gueroult

For this playground, the municipality of Olivet has chosen to install an inclusive trampoline and carouselthat can be used by all children, whether or not they have a disability: the games are even wheelchair accessible. Designed at ground level, with a special coating, they cost 48,500 euros. That’s it an additional cost of 10 to 15% compared to classic games.

Integrating inclusion from project design

It is more expensiveconfirm Stephane Bourdillautthe children and families assistant, but I want to say: ensuring that all children can play together, and that children with disabilities do not feel excluded, is priceless.” In the process, the city also established 2 swings with seat includedone in the Orme-Grenier Park and the other in the larry park – the swings include both a classic seat and an adapted seat.

Hayat Ezzarhouni would like these types of initiatives to become generalized. “It is a good example of inclusion, but I find it unfortunate that we had to go through a participatory budget: these types of projects must be thought of from the beginning, we have to be able to integrate inclusion from the project design stage, and it is not to come later, saying: “by the way, what if we add a little touch of inclusion?“, he concludes.

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