Jul. 18, 2023

HARRISBURG – Working to ensure all kids and their families can enjoy the benefits of play, Rep. Jamie Flick (R-Lycoming/Union) praised passage of a bill he co-prime sponsored to improve playground accessibility for children with disabilities.

“Research shows that play is crucial to a child’s physical, social, cognitive and emotional development,” Flick said. “It is my hope that with these accessibility upgrades, parks and playgrounds across the Commonwealth will soon include sensory play equipment, adaptations for blind and visually impaired individuals, and apparatuses for wheelchair users.”

House Bill 1173 would require the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to prioritize grant funding to park and recreation construction projects that establish or upgrade playgrounds for the inclusion of children with disabilities.

It passed by a near-unanimous vote of 202-1 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Jamie Flick
83rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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