Legislation to Encourage Handicap Accessible Parks Approved by House

On Wednesday, April 15 the Illinois House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) to make handicap-accessible park projects a priority.

The legislation was inspired by Hannah Berndsen’s family, which will begin constructing ‘Hannah’s Playground’ with friends and family April 26th in Breese.  Meier’s legislation would help build playgrounds like ‘Hannah’s Playground’ in other Illinois communities.

According to Rep. Meier, “My focus, as State Representative, has always been helping those who need it. I believe that improving our parks by making them more handicap-accessible will give, those families that need help the most, some much needed relief. Improving our parks by making them handicap-accessible will allow parents and their children to escape the stresses of home by being able to enjoy the outdoors.”

The legislation House Bill 3457, directs the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to add to the criteria for giving park projects priority, handicap-accessible playground equipment such as ramped, ground-level play features, accessible swings, wheelchair accessible tables, adjustable equipment, universally accessible swings, and transfer platforms.

Rep. Meier added, “I introduced this bill because there are too few parks that provide this kind of access, and I wanted to shine a light on this very important issue. Making these improvements a priority is vital step to enabling those with handicaps enjoy the same pleasures that we all enjoy.”

If you would like to volunteer by helping build Hannah’s Playground this Saturday, April 26th, click here to sign up!

For more information about Rep. Meier’s legislation or if you have an issue concerning state government, please contact Rep. Charlie Meier’s office at 618-651-0405 or visit www.CharlieMeier.net.