They’re taking strides to make sure everyone can enjoy parks and playgrounds. When the City of St. Catharines Parks Department asked the Accessibility Advisory Committee about their thoughts on a playground for Douglas Park, the concern of wood-chips preventing the park and playground from being accessible came up. Though wood-chips are currently an acceptable industry standard for accessible surfacing, their performance isn’t quite what it could be with wheelchairs and walkers getting stuck or having troubles navigating through them. Though wood-chips are the cheapest option, rubberized surfaces and other options are being looked at. Staff plan to re-evaluate the design features and surfacing options of the playground to be put in at Douglas Park upon council approval.

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