Local special ball field lacking handicap-accessible facilities

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 11:15 PM

 (KMOV) – A ball field designed for kids with special needs is under fired for its lack of handicap accessible bathrooms.

“To do it anywhere without restrooms is just not the right thing to do for these kids; we are putting a damper on the people we are trying to help,” said Fairview Heights Alderwoman Linda Arnold.

Alderwoman Arnold told News 4 ground should not have been broken on Monday for the Miracle League special ball field without a plan for nearby bathrooms.

Kids in wheelchairs or those with other handicaps will instead have to use restrooms at the other end of the park.

Representatives with the Miracle League said it simply didn’t have enough funding for the field and facilities.

“Really, I would rather get the kids out here and get them physical than worry about bathrooms that will come at a later time,” said Betsy Caines, the mother of a special needs child.

The city of Fairview Heights gave $100,000 for the park and the board of aldermen will be discussing the issue at their meeting on Tuesday evening. 

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