Olivet inaugurates an inclusive playground, also accessible to disabled children

A playground where all children can have fun, including children with disabilities: Olive grove inaugurated his first playground with inclusive games – accessible to all, even in a wheelchair. The area is located on the plain of swifts, on the banks of the Loiret, has just been renovated. Take advantage of this renovation to install inclusive games: the idea was born in the context of calls for participatory budgeting of the city last year.

A mother’s struggle

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

Even a child in a wheelchair can enjoy the Olivet Playground’s inclusive trampoline
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Francois Guérult

For this playground, the municipality of Olivet has chosen to install a trampoline and a carousel includedwhich can be used by all children, handicapped or not: the games are also wheelchair accessible. Designed low to the ground, with a special coating, they cost 48,500 euros. This is an additional cost of 10 to 15% compared to classic games.

Integration of inclusion by design

It’s more expensiveConfirm Stephane Bourdillautthe child and the family assistant, but I want to say: making sure that all children can play together, and that children with disabilities do not feel excluded, is priceless. “In the process, the city was also constituted 2 swings with seat includedone in Orme-Grenier Park and the other in Larry Park – the swings include both a classic seat and an adapted seat.

Hayat Ezzarhouni would like this type of initiative to spread. “It’s a good example of inclusion, but I find it unfortunate that we had to go through a participatory budget: this type of projects should be thought of from the start, we need to be able to integrate inclusion from the design stage, projects and not that come later, saying to yourself, “by the way, what if we add a little touch of inclusion?“, He concludes.

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