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New McEuen Park Handicap Accessible

Eleven-year-old Jasper Blessing was ecstatic during a recent visit to McEuen Park because he was able to actively enjoy all of the colorful features at the city’s largest playground. It was a scenario the Coeur d’Alene boy is not accustomed to, said his grandfather, Terry Blessing. “Jasper is handicapped and in a wheelchair, so normally when we take him with us to the different parks he sits in his wheelchair and watches all of the other children play,” Terry Blessing said. “At this park he was able to play all of the musical instruments that were installed and I was able to take him up into the playground equipment so he could use the slides.” Making sure the new playground was able to accommodate children of all ages and those with disabilities was a priority during the planning stages of McEuen Park, said Bill Greenwood, interim parks director for Coeur d’Alene/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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