Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito are swinging into action! The dynamic duo has cut the ribbon on two new handicap accessible swing sets at Oceanside Park in Oceanside. The swings are the centerpiece to many other upgrades the play area has received, including new fences, curbs, walkways and state-of-the-art safety surfacing.
“Feeling the wind on your face as you sail through the air on a swing is one of the many simple joys that childhood is all about,” said Santino. “We want this experience to be available for everyone so that they can soar like their favorite superheroes.”
The two ADA-compliant swings are wheelchair accessible, providing two ramps that lock in an upright position to secure the wheelchair in place. A chain is included so that the user has the option to propel themselves instead of being pushed. A sign with instructions for operating the swings is located next to the sets.
Along with the two swings, the play area has received a new rubber safety surface. Unlike the typical woodchips, the “poured in place” surfacing provides a spongy yet sturdy platform that allows for a smooth transition from the newly refurbished concrete walkway. Additionally, the play area received new fencing and safer curbs.
“I’m excited to partner with Supervisor Santino on such an essential project,” added D’Esposito. “Oceanside Park is frequented by many residents and it’s important to have alternative opportunities for everyone.”
The installation was performed with in-house labor. The cost for the swings, walkways, curbs, safety surfacing and fencing totaled just over $15,000.
“Be a real hero and bring your family down to Oceanside Park,” concluded Santino. “You’re guaranteed to be in for a ‘super’ time.”