PARK WITH LIFE: People with special needs want public parks such as Prince Saud bin Naif Park
They have also asked the Eastern Province municipality to take into account other conditions of disabled people and not only consider the construction of wheelchair corridors in parks.
Abdulrahman also asked for a poetry forum for the talented individuals among them.
"It breaks away from traditional design to facilitate education and learning while promoting individual and collective initiatives that are based on nurturing a culture of development and sustainability," he explained.
The beautiful sound of trickling water flowing in semi-circular ripples from our octagonal fountain in the center of the park is intended to lift the human spirit. It blends wonderfully with the fresh air highlighting a marvelous aspect of our Islamic heritage in its use of water," Al-Shammari said.
He added that the Al Turki group wanted the park to be a beacon of learning and knowledge where visitors can acquire new skills and universal human values to help them become a more positive force in their communities.
He explained that in order to create a positive model for the integration of people with disabilities within their communities, the park was designed to include tools and services such as a special entrance for wheelchair users, insulation of ground tracks and cautionary points throughout the park for the visually impaired; installation of an audio system that works automatically to guide visitors throughout the park walls and a visual presentation to translate written text into sign language for the hearing impaired.
"The 4000 square meter park is available for all artists to present their activities free of charge. In addition, all government agencies that need to present valuable programs for the community should communicate with the park management. All constructive suggestions are welcomed," he concluded.
Source: Yahoo News-Maktoob, 1st Jan 2015