Swings for disabled kids fixed following Fox 59 report

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INDIANAPOLIS – The city of Indianapolis has taken action because of a Fox 59 report, replacing swings meant for disabled children.

Last month, Fox 59 found a number of swings meant for children with disabilities that were broken and being used by kids who don’t need them.

We looked into the swings after mother Amanda Young reached out, needing a place for her five-year-old Jacie to play that was safe.

“Every place you go, the straps are cut off or broken (on the swings),” Young said.

Jacie is unable to support herself and the swings are important because they give her a chance to use playgrounds like other kids.

This week, Department of Public Works employees installed new adaptive swings at several Indy Parks.

“We did an assessment of the parks that you had mentioned. What we found in a lot of cases were that the straps had been cut (or) vandalized,” said Scott Manning with the Office of Sustainability.

The new adaptive swings work without the often-vandalized restraints because they are molded to keep a child in the seat.

Young said she’s happy to hear the city is making changes, but they’re not the only place with broken swings. She hopes you’ll pay attention and stay away from swings meant for children who can’t use the traditional swings.

The city is also making good on Young’s idea to label the swings. Manning said he’d begun talks with the manufacturer to order signage that tells park visitors who the swings are for and how to properly use them.