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West Richland Looks into Improving its Parks to Enhance Accessibility and Safety

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.-  The City of West Richland is looking into making future improvements to its parks system to meet the current Americans with Disabilities Act.

Monday, residents asked the city to ensure that every person be able to access and use all of the parks amenities regardless of disability.

A local architectural firm presented the parks board an ADA assessment and transition plan.

The plan involved simple fixes from switching out swings to making playground tables and bathrooms more accessible.

Bryan Cole with the architectural firm McKay & Sposito said, "What you will see is, it will bring out the different levels of the community. There is a group of people who really could use these really minor improvements to better their quality of life. I think that's really key and really important."

Next, Cole says the parks board will meet with the city to work up a draft plan and figure out what items should be at the top of the list.

If all goes planned, he says they hope the plan will get adopted in November.