New wheelchair swing delights local children

Children from Beacon School have been the first to use a new wheelchair swing installed in Radnor Park, Folkestone.


Family, friends and teachers gathered in Radnor Park last week (Friday 19 July) to watch the students have their first go. Present was Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) Cllr David Monk and Cllr John Collier, Cabinet Member for Property Management and Grounds Maintenance. Also in attendance were F&HDC Chairman, and Broadmead Ward Councillor, Mrs Ann Berry and Kent County Councillor Dick Pascoe.

The wheelchair swing is part of a host of new equipment installed by Folkestone & Hythe District Council.  Users of the park can expect an exciting new outdoor fitness zone before the end of the summer.  The Radnor Park community group raised funds for the project and further funding was provided through Kent County Council. Cllr Dick Pascoe and Cllr Ann Berry were instrumental in the delivery of the project contributing significant funds through Environmental Improvement Grants and ward Councillor grants.

A radar key is needed to access the swing and tie-downs are used to firmly secure the wheelchair to the platform.  These are available to borrow from the Radnor Park Tea Rooms but it is advised that users bring their own to avoid disappointment in the event they are unavailable.    

Adult wheelchair users are also invited to try out the swing too provided they come under the maximum safe weight limit of 250kg (including chair).

Council Leader Cllr David Monk said he was delighted that the swing has been installed.

The installation of this equipment at Radnor Park will mean local wheelchair users can also experience the unique sensation of being on a swing. It was wonderful be present at the opening and see the joy on the faces of the children trying a swing for the first time.

I would encourage any local residents who are keen to have similar equipment in their area to investigate the sources of funding listed below.

  • Biffa Award
  • Big Lottery
  • SITA Trust
  • Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN)
  • The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

Ward Councillors also give grants to Community Groups every year. To find out more information please visit our Community Funding pages.

Group shot 1 - Radnor Park Wheelchair swing opening July 2019
Group shot of Radnor Park wheelchair swing opening July 2019