Safety concerns delay opening of 'barrier-free' playground

October 16, 1995|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,SUN STAFF

The opening of Howard County's first playground designed for physically disabled children has been delayed for about six months while the county replaces outdated equipment surrounding it.

The Cedar Lane Park "barrier-free" playground in Harper's Choice village, expected to open next month, is a joint project between the county Department of Recreation and Parks and the Columbia Association. Each agency contributed $10,000 for

the specially designed, ground-level equipment installed last spring.

The association also built a path connecting the park to the nearby Cedar Lane School for children with physical and mental disabilities.

But before opening the "barrier-free" playground, the county determined that older equipment around it no longer met safety standards. The county has ordered $45,000 worth of new equipment for ages 2 to 5 and 6 to 12, and plans to install it in the next month, said Raul Delerme, a county park planner.

The playground will be for all children, he said.

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