'Inclusive park' draws children with disabilities

Playground equipment for children with disabilities has been installed on a trial basis in a park in Toyama Prefecture, central Japan.

The prefectural government started the trial on Wednesday, drawing children with disabilities and their parents to the park in the city of Toyama.

The "inclusive park" has a swing designed to support the upper body to prevent a child from falling. A merry-go-round allows children with disabilities to sit or lie on it.

A woman whose child has a disability said there are few chances for children with and without disabilities to contact each other. She expressed hope that the park will be able to offer such opportunities.

The trial will run through the end of October. Local officials say they will consider whether to permanently install the equipment after collecting opinions from visitors.