DISABLED children in and around Ilkeston are set to benefit from more than £168,000 being invested in facility improvements.
Five of the 14 projects, which Derbyshire County Council has handed a share of £800,000, will help youngsters with disabilities right here in the Ilkeston area.
All projects awarded cash through the Aiming High Capital Grants have to be completed by the end of March 2012.
Cllr Barry Lewis, the authority’s cabinet member for young people, said: “Disabled children and young people have told us they want to do ordinary things like playing in the park alongside their non-disabled peers and siblings.”
We revealed last week that a total of £35,000 is being spent on a sensory light and sound system in the teaching pool hall at Victoria Park Leisure Centre for children with autism and severe communication difficulties.
But other local projects are also set to benefit from the grants.
New play equipment, suitable for disabled children and costing £13,272, will be set up on the grounds of Erewash Museum. The kit focuses on youngsters with visual and hearing impairments and wheelchair users.
And more than £35,000 has been spent on five new 4x4 electric scooters, known as trampers, for use in Shipley Country Park and other parts of the county.
Three of the ten trampers in Derbyshire will be permanently based at Shipley Country Park.
The council has spent £35,000 on a mobile Changing Places toilet, for disabled people who struggle to use disabled facilities. The facility will be used at events around the county.
The authority is also planning to build a £50,000 water play area at West Park in Long Eaton, featuring water sprays, is aimed to be used by children with restricted mobility.
Cllr Lewis explained that he hopes to bring disabled tourists to the county through the projects: “While our priority is Derbyshire families, we hope this initiative also supports Derbyshire to be recognised as a holiday destination of choice for disabled children, young people and adults.”