Assemblyman Weisenberg Announces the Opening of the First Fully Accessible Playground in Nassau County

May 15, 2012
Pictured here (left to right): Dave Dennenberg, Nassau County Legislator; Denise Ford, Nassau County Legislator; Harvey Weisenberg, Assemblyman; Ed Mangano, Nassau County Executive; David Weingarten, President, LATCP

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Nassau County) announced an accessible playground, located within the Eisenhower Town Park, opened earlier this month. The first of its kind in Nassau County, the playground was opened by the not-for-profit organization, Let All the Children Play (LATCP).

“A park that provides accessibility for all is finally here,” said Assemblyman Weisenberg. “This playground offers a wide variety of inclusive play opportunities and challenges for children and their families. As a parent of a child with special needs, I am particularly sensitive to accessibility issues in recreational areas. I’m so thrilled that this area exists for children of all abilities and their families.”

The playground opened earlier this month at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Assemblyman Weisenberg was joined by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, LATCP President David Weingarten and paralyzed former Rutgers football player Eric LaGrand.

Assemblyman Weisenberg secured a $250,000 state grant to assist with construction of the playground. The funds attained by Assemblyman Weisenberg were part of a partnership between New York State, Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead, all of which contributed funding toward the building of the playground.

The new playground features adapted structures, swings, ramps and an overall accessible environment.

“Without accessible play, children are denied the physical and cognitive benefits that play provides,” said Assemblyman Weisenberg. “Finally, our community has this wonderful playground where everyone, no matter their limitations, can play, learn, and thrive.”

For more information about the playground, visit its website.