New Merry-Go-Round Helps Wheelchair Bound Children Enjoy Park in Berkeley


BERKELEY TOWNSHIP-Children of all ages love to play in the park, but for some it can be a difficult experience, especially those with physical disabilities.   That’s why Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato, along with the township council and public workers installed the “We-Go-Round” at Veterans Park.

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“The We-Go-Round is an updated version of the merry-go- round, but allows kids of all abilities, including those in a wheelchair, to be able to spin around and join in on the fun with their friends and family.” Said Mayor Amato.

At the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 27th, Mayor Amato, Township Council, the Bayville Elks #2394 and their Special Needs Ambassador, Val Falzarano, participated in the event. Val took the maiden voyage on the We-Go-Round and was all smiles.

“The We-Go-Round provides rooftop shade and seating for friends, allowing inclusive play.” said MayorAmato.

Val’s mother, Kim Falzarano said, “I’m appreciative that Berkeley Township saw the need to have this in the park. There’s not many things that my son can do to interact and have fun with other kids.” When asked what Val thought of the We-Go-Round, his mother stated, ‘He loves it! What a great way to get other kids to interact with handicapped kids and provide inclusion on the playground.”

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Mayor Carmen Amato thanked the Bayville Elks for attending. The Elks support Veterans and Special Needs Children.

Bernie Lynch, the Exalted Ruler, said the We-Go-Round “Makes all areas of recreation accessible to special needs children,” and thanked the township for supporting the Elks.