Wednesday, December 17, 2008

British bowling green finally becomes accessible

From Rochdale Online in the UK:

Disabled access has been given to Queens Park bowling green “at long last”.

The Borough of Rochdale Fund, an initiative set up between the Community Foundation and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, has supplied £2,500 to upgrade the area and provide easy wheelchair access for disabled users – a facility that previously wasn’t in place.

Wheelchair user John Edrich from Green Lane, Heywood said: “This has come at long last. I can’t say I am a regular user of the bowling green but I can say it is about time there was full disabled access, it is what we pay our tax for.”

Walter Lomax from Friends of Queens Park said: “We were delighted to get this money, because it means we can meet the needs of the local community. I know there is going to be so much use and enjoyment out of this specially adapted chair”.

Nick Massey, chief executive of the Community Foundation comments: “It’s great to see a grant being used for something fun as well as to benefit local people. Making activities most accessible is a high priority for the Community Foundation”.