Swing donation

These swings were installed at Brzezinski Park in Evansville, the fifth city in the state to host such a project. The Oregon-Brooklyn Optimists and the Oregon Masonic Lodge raised money to donate wheelchair accessible swings to the village.

The Oregon Masonic Lodge and the Oregon/Brooklyn Optimist Club have raised money to donate wheelchair-accessible swings to the village.

A person in a wheelchair would roll onto the swing and then secure the chair in place to enjoy an activity that likely has long been impossible.

Trustee Amanda Peterson told the Observer this week the groups had raised around $5,000 for the project, which would be enough for two swings.

It has yet to be decided where the swings will go, if they will be next to each other or if there will be two installations. A key consideration, Peterson said, is that the swingset be near a stretch of pavement to make access as easy as possible. Two locations that have been discussed, she said, are Alpine Meadows Park and the playground between Netherwood Knoll and Prairie View elementary schools.

Installers would add a padded surface below the swing that would allow a user to roll up to the swing, which locks into place and has ramps to allow access.

The chair would then be secured to the swing and the swing would be freed to float back and forth. A similar installation in Evansville is only the fifth in the state, according to packet documents.

The Village Board voted unanimously March 18 to accept the donation, which will be installed under the direction of village staff.

Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@wcinet.com.