2nd child in wheelchair asked to leave Crown Fountain in less than a month

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By Leah Hope

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    CHICAGO, Illinois (WLS) — For the 2nd clip successful a month, a kid utilizing a wheelchair has been asked to permission the Crown Fountain successful Chicago’s Millennium Park.

The latest incident, involving an 11-year-old girl, comes conscionable weeks aft the metropolis apologized to the household of different kid utilizing a wheelchair who was besides asked to leave.

Marketta Outlaw said her 11-year-old girl Heaven loves the water, and Sunday was their archetypal sojourn backmost to Crown Fountain since the pandemic began. But aft astir 30 minutes successful the water, Outlaw said a information defender told her wheelchairs weren’t allowed.

“[The defender said] the wheelchairs are not allowed successful the h2o astatine all,” Outlaw said. “And I’m like, but, we’ve travel present galore times. Since erstwhile can’t they get successful the water?”

Outlaw had researched the country previously, arsenic she does each places she takes her girl to marque definite they are afloat accessible.

When she treble checked the argumentation she recovered that, arsenic good arsenic a study by ABC7’s Will Jones.

Earlier this month, a 10-year-old from Warrenville was besides told his wheelchair wasn’t allowed successful the fountain. At the time, a metropolis spokesperson said it was an isolated incident.

“There is immoderate benignant of communications breakdown astatine that point,” Outlaw said. “And I consciousness like, if it was an contented oregon mistake before, it should been taken attraction of before. And present it’s happening again.”

On Monday, the metropolis repeated Crown Fountain’s argumentation and apologized to Outlaw successful a statement, saying successful part: “We are profoundly acrophobic astir the acquisition that Ms. Outlaw and her girl had successful Millennium Park and person reached retired to the household to apologize. …. We volition beryllium pursuing up with our squad to marque definite that this argumentation is abundantly wide to each Park staff.”

Outlaw confirms idiosyncratic from the metropolis did scope retired to her to apologize.

More than an apology, she said she hopes the unit gets the connection this time, truthful nary different kid has to consciousness excluded astatine Crown Fountain.

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