MOST INCLUSIVE PARK OPENING – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

St Mary’s Playground, the city’s most inclusive playground, re-opened Saturday, July 24, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Located on the south side of Bernal Heights the playground is part of a 13 and a half acre site that includes 3 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts and a baseball field as well as a Recreation Center. The steep terrain made ramping possible because the site is not just flat field, but is actually built into the hillside.

<em>It was the first opening for new Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg who brought his daughter Grace to give the park a personal test. Adults seemed to have as much fun as the kids on the tunnel slide. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

A view of the new St Mary’s Playground as you walk down the driveway from the Recreation Center. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

It was the first opening for new Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg who brought his daughter Grace to give the park a personal test. Adults seemed to have as much fun as the kids on the tunnel slide.

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Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager, trys out the slide. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

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Phil Ginsburg, reaches the bottom of the slide. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

The ribbon was cut with assistance from Tylaw Villacarlos, and Logan and Riley Ragland. After remarks by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services director, Mike Farrah, RPD Commissioner David Lee, Fuad Sweiss, Deputy Director of Engineering, Department of Public Works, Thompson Chambers, St. Mary’s Park Improvement Club, and Erika Ragland, whose son, Logan, uses a wheel chair.

<em>The ribbon was cut with assistance from Tylaw Villacarlos, and Logan and Riley Ragland. After remarks by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services director, Mike Farrah, RPD Commissioner David Lee, Fuad Sweiss, Deputy Director of Engineering, Department of Public Works, Thompson Chambers, St. Mary’s Park Improvement Club, and Erika Ragland, whose son, Logan, uses a wheel chair. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Tylaw Villacarlos (left with ceremonial oversized scissors) Logan and Riley Ragland . Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

<em>What does it mean for a kid in a wheel chair to have the ability to access play equipment? I think the following pictures probably say it better than words. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Logan Ragland in his motorized wheel chair enters the playground. The adult in the background using a rolling walker also benefits from the increased access.
Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

<em>Logan getting around the play structure. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Logan getting around the play structure. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

<em>Logan with his father and sister. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Logan with his father and sister. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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