Children’s United raises money for a disabled-friendly playground

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – A plan to add playground equipment for children with disabilities at Elmer Thomas Park is one step closer to becoming a reality after a fundraiser on Saturday.

Children United invited the community to an event that will make the playground at Elmer Thomas Park more accessible.

“We already have a big play area for the kids at the moment and we just want to add it so the kids who hadn’t been able to play alongside their siblings in the park can now do so even if they have a disability,” said Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority member Barry Ezerski.

A lot of play equipment is designed on the assumption that children are able to run, jump, grab, and do many other things that don’t come so naturally to children with disabilities.

To solve this problem, Children United wants to add to the playground.

“It will be suitable for wheelchairs, walkers, canes, splints, things like that. Special wheelchair accessible playground equipment,” said Children United Director Jeannette Klein.

The group has been fundraising since 2018, but despite all the donations, they still have work to do before they can start the project.

“Inflation has caused the cost of this playground to be higher than we anticipated, so we’re just trying to keep up,” Klein said.

However, the group is determined to overcome the setback.

“The parents we spoke to are so excited about this who have children with special needs. So it will be something they can use for generations,” Ezerski said.

If they reach their fundraising goal, Children United hopes to innovate a year from now.

To donate to the project Click here.

Harold B. McConnell