Assemblyman Chris Tague (R,C,I-Schoharie) today stood with his Assembly Minority colleagues in calling for New York state to commit to making its playgrounds more accessible to New Yorkers living with disabilities. Tague is advocating for the passage of a bill (A.9539) that would establish a grant program to assist local municipalities in purchasing and installing handicap accessible features to local recreation facilities, and another (A.9923) that would require playgrounds in state parks to include at least one wheelchair accessible platform swing with a high-back, full-support seat.
“Playgrounds are places all children should be able to enjoy, but for far too long that hasn’t been possible for countless young people living with disabilities or who have special needs,” said Tague. “Providing more of our kids the opportunity to exercise, socialize and have fun on our public playgrounds is something I think we can all agree would be nothing but positive. I sincerely hope this bill’s passage will be swift and uncontroversial so that work can begin to make our playgrounds accessible as soon as possible.”