Swinging is a simple pleasure that many people enjoy. It gives you a wonderful and exciting experience of feeling weightless and free. But what makes swinging even more delightful is when they are universally accessible for all.
Sydney Festival introduced another attraction, and this time, one that grants wheelchair users the opportunity to ride and enjoy a swing. The Waterfall Swing, located at Darling Harbour, is a wheelchair accessible, fun ride designed by a team of engineers, designers and artists from New York.
The wheelchair swing is a high tech accessible platform swing which can be set up fairly quickly whenever necessary. It takes only about 5-10 minutes to install. A ramp that leads to the swing is also installed to make access easy and quick.
The wheelchair is then properly anchored and tied down across four points. Once everything is set, the rider is ready for the fun ride. But that’s not all.
The design team also added a brilliantly fun feature – the water spray. As the rider is being swung, a sprayer squirts tiny drops of water slightly drenching the thrilled guest, adding fun and enjoyment to the swing experience.
However, there are certain requirements that should be followed:
- Weight capacity – The wheelchair swing can carry a maximum weight of 100 kilograms or roughly 220 pounds. The user and his or her chair should not exceed the maximum weight capacity.
- Hand function – Wheelchair users, before taking the ride, are assessed for adequate hand function. It is necessary for them to be able to take a grip at the swing cabling when they are being swung. This is to ensure the safety of the guest.
Sydney Festival apologizes for these restrictions but they explained that it is necessary to abide with these rules to ensure maximum protection and safety for all the guests. Despite these requirements, nonetheless, many still enjoyed the wheelchair swing and reminisced the feeling of being a child again.
To read more about this incredible swing check out this blog post.