Locust Fork Park installs wheelchair accessible swing


Pictured from left: Kandi King, Annabell King, Harlie Horn, Adam Youngblood, Heather Horn, Dallas Horn, Beth Harper, Locust Fork Mayor Joe Hughes, Locust Fork council member Barbara Richey, Molly McNutt (in the swing), Locust Fork council member Joey White, Molly’s mother Janie McNutt, Molly’s brother Eli McNutt, Locust Fork council member Weslie Powell, and Locust Fork town clerk April Wheeler.

Pictured from left: Kandi King, Annabell King, Harlie Horn, Adam Youngblood, Heather Horn, Dallas Horn, Beth Harper, Locust Fork Mayor Joe Hughes, Locust Fork council member Barbara Richey, Molly McNutt (in the swing), Locust Fork council member Joey White, Molly’s mother Janie McNutt, Molly’s brother Eli McNutt, Locust Fork council member Weslie Powell, and Locust Fork town clerk April Wheeler.

On June 3, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce was on hand at Locust Fork Community Park to help celebrate the latest addition to the recently upgraded children’s playground, a wheelchair accessible swing. Eleven-year-old Molly McNutt was the first to try out the new swing; and Molly’s mother, Janie McNutt, said that she is, “glad that everyone is thinking about people like Molly.” Locust Fork Mayor Joe Hughes added that as far as they know, this is the only wheelchair accessible swing in Blount County.

In 2019, a conventional swing set was installed as well as an ADA compliant play structure both of which are surrounded by an eight-inch cushioned mat referred to as an EPDM surface. More improvements are in the planning stages, including the relocation of some of the smaller picnic shelters to put them closer to the playground and ball field.

Locust Fork Park Board president Adam Youngblood and Lisa Baker from the Blount County Economic Development Council were both instrumental in obtaining grant money for the “Accessible Swing for Locust Fork” project which was funded by the Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council,

Inc. Blount County District 4 paid for the materials and installation of the concrete for the sidewalk and the base for the swing.