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Handicap swing installed at South Hadley's Buttery Brook Park

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SOUTH HADLEY, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The town of South Hadley has made a wish a reality for one local family.  The town has officially installed a swing for disabled children at the renovated Buttery Brook Park.

The new swing was installed this week.

Ansleigh McDaniel is all smiles as she enjoys the new swing installed at the park. 

"Everytime we push her, she smiles and laughs, so she really enjoys it now," said Chris McDaniel, Ansleigh's father.

However, it wasn't always like that for Ansliegh. 

Just a few weeks ago, the McDaniel family reached out to Western Mass News with concerns that the park down the road from their home wasn't fully handicap accessible. 

"It's great because the swing is really what she does like.  She likes the slide, but it's not really practical," Chris McDaniel added.

The slide isn't practical because Ansleigh can't do what most children can do.  She suffers from cerebral palsy. 

Chris McDaniel noticed the difference with she's on the swing. 

"Comfortable.  It looks like her arms are a little bit less tense when she does swing which is nice.  She works very hard in keeping those muscles tense all the time.  Anything we can do to get her to relax is a positive feeling," Chris McDaniel explained.

Just two weeks ago, the town of South Hadley told Western Mass News that the park was ADA compliant, but unfortunately, children like Ansleigh couldn't enjoy the park. 

The town has since responded and put a swing in for all children to enjoy. 

"It was great on the town of South Hadley to actually move so quickly.  Once it was brought to their attention, they really did move very quickly," Chris McDaniel said.

Now, Ansleigh, along with other children with disabilities, can enjoy the park like other children do.

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