WATERTOWN — A mother who has a 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy has filed a formal complaint with the city that the Thompson Park playground violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On Tuesday, the mother, Chantel Taylor, filed paperwork with the city’s ADA officer asserting that the playground does not meet safety or ADA compliance. Ms. Taylor said the loose wood chips make it difficult for her son, Ashton, to maneuver around the playground in his wheeled walker, use any of the stations in the playground or connect with other children.

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Hail Mary

If the City doesn't make the appropriate changes to the playground perhaps a complaint to the Division of Human Rights and the USDOJ could get the City's attention to do the right thing.

The ADA has been around for 30 years and still problems exist in the North Country.


Why not put out some kind of temporary rubber mats over the chips in places to make paths. I've seen these things in rolls like 5 or 6 feet wide, black plastic, grooved on one side and smooth on the other. They use them in restaurant kitchens sometimes. https://www.greatmats.com/rubber-flooring-rolls/4x10-rolled-rubber-black.php


There are a variety of mats that make playgrounds, beaches, etc. accessible for wheelchairs.

Hail Mary

Tractor Supply has interlocking rubber mats that are affordable.

Farmers use them in milk houses.

They could be used temporarily for a while until the city can make permanent changes.

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