Ironically, the only children who don’t have fair access to the new accessible Downtown Bellevue Park are children who require walkers or wheelchairs.
The main circle that acts as a ramp between the different areas of the park is the last remaining area still under construction. Large concrete barriers make it impossible to navigate the park with adaptive equipment. Additionally, safety straps were missing on the swings, and no instructions were posted on any of the new or adaptive equipment, which is dangerous for all kids. My son is 3 and has cerebral palsy and a visual impairment. He is unable to walk without equipment. I formally placed these comments with the Parks Department, and offered to enlist other special needs parents in helping to make the park truly accessible for all.