Siblings raising money for wheelchair swing at park

COLUMBIANA – The Clark siblings on Parkview Drive enjoy frequent visits to Firestone Park with their family, and couldn’t help but notice the lack of a handicapped-accessible swing.

Noah, Hannah and Rebekah put their heads together and decided to host a garage sale at their home to raise money for a swing.

The sale will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Clark home on Parkview Drive.

Their father, Michael, said the wheelchair swing is estimated to cost more than $2,000.

“They have a large task ahead of them,” he said. “For us it’s more about teaching our kids to give back to the community. It’s something they could do. They came up with the idea.”

The children have participated in other community efforts through their church, Greenford Christian, and all three are involved in Boy and Girls Scouts.

This project is totally their own, he said.

“It just seemed like something our park was missing was the opportunity for others who have disabilities to enjoy it,” he added.

The Clark children chose a handicapped-accessible swing because they enjoy swinging, he said.

Park board members were pleased with the children’s idea and put them in contact with Park Manager Terry Shaffer, who will assist them with the project.

Michael Clark said other fund-raisers will be held in the future for the total cost of the swing, and the family hopes to have what they need by next year.