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1/17/2014 5:59:00 AM
Special needs park committee circulates petition
Jaclyn Randall
Former Times Editor

BLYTHE - With Palo Verde Unified School District currently serving 400 students with special needs, the city of Blythe would like to know if residents support a special needs park.

A committee formed by the city, is circulating a petition asking for signatures to show a desire to have a park specially designed for children with special needs. The petition can be found at several businesses around town including the Palo Verde Valley Times and Blythe City Hall.

The committee has met for study sessions prior to regular city council meeting and proposed that the park be located at Todd Park.

Prior to the city and the committee moving forward on the project, both groups need the community's input, which is where the petition becomes important, according to Mayor Mike Evans.

For more information call Blythe City Hall 760-922-6161 or Evans at 909-915-4199.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@...Crazy Town. Yes you are right. Read this article about 5 times and not once did it click that Todd Park was chosen.

Have been taking meds for the flu since last week. So I humble myself to you Crazy one. You win this one.

Troll??? Have you looked in the mirror lately?

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Crazy Town

"The committee has met for study sessions prior to regular city council meeting and proposed that the park be located at Todd Park."

I would think someone complaining would at least read the article, or would that keep them from complaining? Reading comprehension is lost to those that just want attention and have a need to cause anger in otherwise nice folks wanting a nice place to live and safe place to play.
Don't feed the troll.

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@...Reality Check. This just my opinion go ahead and build the park. I'm just saying that they could put some special equipment on the excising parks. Or enhance the schools with that equipment. I could careless if the other kids used it. I won't demand that they show a birth certificate to prove they were born here.

All I'm doing is asking, do we have enough children that fit the definition of special needs to have a park built. Also who will be responsible for the upkeep of the park. If not what will happen is we will just have another white elephant to take care of. And a lot of finger pointing in the end.

I'm for having something new here in Blythe. But this is just like going shopping on an empty stomach. You just put things in your basket without thinking.

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Article comment by: Reality Check

To "El Pica Buyas," what would it hurt to have a park as described above? This is a great idea. Closed minded people of Blythe prevent the city's growth. So what if other kids use it? I'm sure a gate keeper to make sure only those with special needs play there is not part of the plan. It would be great to have special equipment for those who need it. Obviously you have not looked at the schools' playgrounds, there's nothing wrong with any of them. The playgounds are probably the least of parents' worries when it comes to our schools. So what if homeless people sleep there? They exist, they already sleep somewhere on Blythe. Our parks are used often. I am sceptical about this project because of people like you but I hope it works out.

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

This sounds nice. But what is a Special needs child? What is the definition of a special needs child that the city is using for wanting a new park?

Special needs child
Web definitions.
Refers to children who are physically, developmentally or emotional disabled, a sibling group and all others who might remain in foster care should no adoptive family be available.

400 children with special needs. I can see down-syndrome, Autism, other physical disabilities, blind handicap. But mental behavioral problems like learning problems or taking medication for emotional problems. These children do not need a special park. They need to learn to play with other children not a special park.

A new park will just be a waste of money. Because who will maintain it? The parks that we have look at them, and you want another park? So why not just convert the parks that are here into special needs parks. By just installing the special equipment that is needed.

In the end this park will go the wayside as the rest of the parks. The only people that will end up using these parks will be the homeless people.

Put the equipment in the schools for these kids. It would be of better service there.

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