Park district improving handicap accessibility


DECATUR -- Some big changes are coming to the Decatur Park District, and it's newest project comes with a $3 million price tag.

The plan is to make everything more accessible in parks for everyone who goes there, but especially for people with disabilities.

Over the next several years, Park District Executive Director Bill Clevenger told WAND there will be many upgrades to facilities including restrooms, playgrounds and old pavilions.

But the project's high price means some parks could close.

"Closure would be a last resort for us," Clevenger said. "Can we alter the way we do business, can we make those changes so that our facilities accommodate all of our citizens with disabilities and actually accommodate everyone in our community."

The Park District will look into several funding options, including its normal budget, capital bond programs and state grants.

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