DODGE CITY — A wheelchair swing was recently installed in Beeson Arboretum Park.

Plans for the first wheelchair swing to be placed in Dodge City began nearly seven years ago, said AMBUCS president David Grayson.

“AMBUCS started on this project about seven years ago and it took four years to figure out where to get the money from,” Grayson said. “We found the money answer in your paper on an article about the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas. We then started working with Paul Lewis on the cost of the install.”

The swing was then made possible when the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, AMBUCS, City of Dodge City and Dodge City parks service came together.

“After we had turned in the request, Paul had me drop by to discuss the project,” Grayson said. “He was able to get the city to help with some of the expense as well as the park service with the labor. He then turned in his own grant request that had more info than mine.

“His was approved. We then had to wait till the park service had time to do the install. This took a while as they already had a lot of projects in motion.

“This is the first Wheelchair Swing in Dodge City. Hopefully there will be more.”

Many years ago, the Beeson Arboretum at 100 W. Beeson Road was adopted by AMBUCS, which installed the walkways and the picnic shelter.

“The sprinkler system was another improvement by AMBUCS,” Grayson said. “We have also had a lot of trees installed. The next big project we would like to work on is a bathroom in the park.”

Dodge City public information officer Abbey Martin said staff was able to pour the safety surfacing last week after dealing with numerous rounds of inclement weather.

“The new swing is an excellent addition to the park, and we appreciate everyone involved with making this a reality,” Martin said.