Wheelchair-friendly park upgraded in Brackenfell

A wheelchair-friendly playground in Brackenfell received between R50 000 and R100 000 in upgrades in the last year, the City said.

Next to the Paarl School for Neurally Disabled Children, the Thibault Inclusive Play Park benefits the school and other disabled children in the community, said the mayoral committee member for community services, Anda Ntsondo.

The park was opened in 2014 as a place where children with disabilities can play with other children.

Upgrades started in October last year, funded out of the Ward 102 budget. Artificial turf and a see-saw were installed along with a 160m-long wheelchair obstacle course simulating obstacles people in wheelchairs negotiate daily.

“These obstacles include getting on and off a sidewalk, navigating ramps and speed humps, and travelling over difficult surfaces like sand and gravel,” said Mr Ntsodo.

The park also has a picket fence, indigenous trees and a garden with scented plants.

Thibault Street residents helped with its upkeep and locked it at night, said Mr Ntsodo.

“These upgrades will ensure that this play park is an example of the development of future inclusive spaces around Cape Town,” said Mr Ntsodo.