Absence of People with Disabilities Using Local Parks
During my holiday visit to my mother's home in Flushing, New York, site of the 1964 World's Fair and home of the New York Mets, I began my morning run through the only grass-filled park in the neighborhood - the same park where 40 years earlier, dozens of neighborhood kids converged to play sundry sports and games from morning to night. Kissena Park stood out among the tall project buildings that spread row after row for several square blocks, similar to the rows of corn that now surround my home in rural Illinois. The park served as a wonderful refuge from the sprawling cement landscape that served as the backdrop for our neighborhood.
What was noticeably absent among the tall oak trees and gleaming duck pond, however, were the faces of people with disabilities -- young and old -- taking advantage of a rare 50-degree day in late December. Among the dozens of people that I jogged by, I kept searching for that one person who would identify as having a disability.
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