Local Girl Scout raises money for ADA swings for Plainfield Park District

Submitted photo Neighbor kids try out the new ADA swing at Bott Park.

Recently the Plainfield Park District installed a new ADA swing at Bott Park, 24550 W. Renwick Road, and has purchased a new ADA swing for Northwest Community Park, 127th St. Plainfield, thanks to the work of Rachael Lau, a local girl scout who raised money for the new swings.

Lau, a Girl Scout Ambassador working on her gold award, commented in a recent email to the Park District.

“The goal of the project is to identify and problem within the community and independently find a way to fix it.”

Lau also said that “I am a huge advocate for children with mental and physical disabilities. I researched the parks within Plainfield and found that several were not designed to be safe for children with mental and physical disabilities. For that reason, I [wanted] to modify a playground in Plainfield to make it handicap-friendly for children.”

Lau sold T-shirts to help raise money for the new swings. The new ADA swing for Northwest Community Park will be installed sometime this July with a formal ribbon cutting to thank Rachael for her hard work in the community.

For more information on Plainfield Park District programs, events or parks, call 815-436-8812 or visit www.plfdparks.org.

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