Family Fights City After Being Told to Dismantle Backyard Playground for Special Needs Daughter

| by Lisa Fogarty

A family from Santa Fe Springs, California, is fighting back after the city ordered them to dismantle a backyard playground they received as a gift from the Make-A-Wish foundation for their 10-year-old daughter, who has special needs and can’t use the equipment in city playgrounds.

Tiffany Miranda suffers from seizures that keep her from enjoying the swings and slides at a typical park. When her family began receiving citations from the city for their private backyard playground set because it’s a “public nuisance,” they decided they weren’t going to follow what they feel are rules that unfairly target them, reports CBS Los Angeles.

“She’s able to be a normal kid. She has her own special park,” said mom Jessica Torres. “When I asked the city, ‘So where do you expect my daughter to play?’ they said, ‘Well, the city’s not responsible for your daughter’s disability.' They said, ‘Your Tiffany is not our problem.’”

But city officials say they’ve repeatedly asked the family to clean up “clutter” around the playground and that their request was made for the health and safety of the family. The city manager reportedly told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Adrianna Weingold that the playground can stay – they just want the area cleaned up.

Torres says that wasn’t at all what the city told her.

“I’m not going to let this go,” she said. “I’m not going to remove the playhouse and I’m not going to remove her canopy and I want them to stop picking on my Tiffany.”

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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