Photography courtesy of LHJWL

The Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League (LHJWL) revealed a We-Go-Swing, a non-transfer wheelchair swing and the first of its kind in Dallas, at their ribbon-cutting on Oct 21.

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The idea first came up during the presidency of Mallory Mullen at LHJWL, when discussing promoting inclusivity and enjoyment for everyone in Dallas. The project followed previous inclusivity efforts at Flag Pole Hill. In 2017 and 2018, funds from Run the Highlands events and many other community organizations were used to establish “a signature playground for people of all ages and abilities,” which has become one of Dallas’ most popular parks, according to a press release by LHJWL.

Shannon McCracken, LHJWL 22-23 president, spoke about the need for inclusivity in parks.

“After all, play knows no boundaries; it’s a universal need,” McCracken said. “This unique swing fosters camaraderie and cooperation, enabling people of all ages to enjoy play together, including siblings, parents, grandparents, friends and caregivers.”

The LHJWL was founded in 2004 with the inspiration to create an organization for young women to have a positive impact and establish relationships in the neighborhood. It’s a nonprofit that focuses on beautifying the neighborhood while creating a sense of community and belonging through fundraising and events. They have raised over $1.2 million for the Lake Highlands community over the last 18 years.