My daughter, Alison, loved to swing. Being she has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, there were no wheelchair swing nearby. After seeing wheelchair swings at Lion’s Camp in Leesville, LA, I knew there were this type of swing and therefore started a mission to get wheelchair swings at our city parks in Opelousas, LA.
After meeting with the park superintendent, my next stop was to address the city council to tell them I wanted to raise money for the swings. The council advised they would match the amount of money raised.
Donations came in from the private sector and civic organizations. We had enough money to have one wheelchair swing at each park, along with other handicapped playground equipment.
In January 1999, the equipment had come in and was installed. To make this extra special, we had a ceremony in honor of the accessible playgrounds to announce the new playgrounds.