Letter to the editor: Exercise is for everyone
To the editor:
One of the great things about Lawrence is the Parks and Recreation Department. Great leadership and dedicated staff work to provide facilities and programming that promote health and recreational opportunities for city residents. However, as a proposal to fill the LPRD budget gap is discussed, I feel a need to raise an additional aspect of equity.
For those who have mobility limitations, the only seated aerobic equipment that I am aware of is located on the far west side of Lawrence at the Sports Pavilion. In fact, there are three pieces of accessible equipment at that site. That means if you are a wheelchair user or a person who cannot exercise in a standing position and live in North Lawrence or East Lawrence, you have to travel quite far to use city services for which other city residents are provided choices, as there are treadmills and other aerobic equipment at the other facilities. So, some of the most transportationally disadvantaged residents must travel the farthest to use accessible equipment. This is a special concern in a city designated as a retirement destination since exercise is a critical factor in maintaining health and strength as one ages. As a solution to the budget gap is devised, this equity issue should be part of a long-term solution. Exercise is for everyone!