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Coventry parks will soon be accessible for everyone

June 19, 2011

Rice Memorial Field will be one of the park to receive improvements.

COVENTRY—The Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin renovations that would make six parks safer and more accessible for all the youth of Coventry.

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that the non-school playgrounds be current under guidelines for the disabled at all facilities, according to Guy Lefebvre, the recreation director. He said that due to funding, they have never been able to attain these standards.

Parks and Recreation was allotted $27,000 in the Capital Improvements Program for this fiscal year to renovate Rice Memorial Field, Harris Playground, Quidnick and others, according to Lefebvre.

“We’ve sought this for several years and were only able to get approval for this item this year,” said Lefebvre.

The project will go out for bid shortly; however, Lefebvre stated that they would first like to figure out what they are capable with their own forces before developing a plan.

“Whatever services need to be contracted out versus those within our own forces in Parks and Recreation,” he said. “It will be a join effort to address a number of playgrounds.”


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