Sulphur mother wants to see adaptive swings come to local parks

KPLC 7News at Six- Oct. 1, 2018 - handicap accessible equipment

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - A Sulphur mom says there is no handicap accessible playground equipment in any of the city’s parks.

This video details what Mayson and his mom, Ashely Crain, have to do to be able to enjoy the swings.

Sulphur mother details struggles of park visits with special needs son

Crain said Mayson loves going to the park, but it’s not always easy or even possible for him to enjoy the playgrounds near his house.

“He just sits here, and he can’t really play with the other children," Crain said.

That’s because Mayson has Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Blindness, and Evolving Epilepsy, among other things.

While there are special swings in several Lake Charles parks, Crain said they’re not able to make the trek across the bridge every time Mayson wants to play.

Crain’s mom, Stacy Arceneaux, said they shouldn’t have to.

“We don’t live in Lake Charles. This is our home," Arceneaux said.

Crain reached out to Sulphur Parks & Recreation, and said they’re working on a plan for the playgrounds.

“We’re not interested in just piecemealing, we really want to do our due diligence to find the appropriate space the appropriate equipment, and it’s going to be more than a swing," said Aunjelle Burton, the Recreation Manager.

Burton said there’s not a timeline in place for the plans yet, but Crain and Arceneaux said that’s okay.

They said they’ll keep fighting for the equipment as long as it takes.

“My hope and expectation is that they’ll step up to this," Arceneaux said. "'Cuz it can only bring good to the community.”

The Lake Charles parks with inclusive swings or handicap access are listed below:

  • Millennium Park
  • Adventure Cove

McMillan Park doesn’t offer specialized equipment, but there is a handicap ramp for access.

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