Lapeer County Community Foundation
               

Lapeer County
Community Foundation

264 Cedar Street
Lapeer , Michigan 48446
Office: 810-664-0691
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Access to Nature

 

The Lapeer County Community Foundation has been awarded a grant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Access to Recreation Initiative. The Access to Recreation initiative's mission is to create universal, barrier free access to recreation opportunities for all people of all abilities. The grant funds two projects for the Lapeer County community that will bring universal access to water at public parks for the first time.

 

Project Description:

Name of Project: Access to Nature

Idea: To provide recreational and educational experiences encompassing a diversity of ecosystems in the Flint River Watershed by creating the first public barrier-free access to its tributaries. New universally accessible recreation experiences will include extra-wide trails for nature observation and exploration including birds, unique plant species, and general ecology, fishing and water education pier/deck, rustic educational pavilion, up-close pond trail, and canoe/kayak launch with wheelchair transfer system.

Universal Recreation Access Project to prairies, ponds, and creeks at Ponds and Prairies

1A) Improvement of existing 900 feet gravel trail with HMA pavement to provide 10 feet wide barrier-free route to southwestern pond within Prairies & Ponds Nature Area 1B) Including construction of 80 feet of barrier-free access from main trail to pond edge with 8 feet of HMA pavement and wood boardwalk to span unstable soils 2) Construction of a 8 feet wide by 100 feet barrier-free trail that will connect to the proposed barrier-free Chatfield School "green" nature center 3) Construction of barrier-free restroom shelter to house two port-a-john facilities 4) Construction of 3 barrier-free parking spaces at Prairies & Ponds Nature Area trail-head 5) Attachment to an existing 10 feet wide paved trail running south to the railroad underpass and then paving a 10 feet wide by 600 feet of trail along the south bank of Farmers Creek to the area by the existing river weir 6) Construction of 24' X 32' rustic pavilion with seating for 30 including intermixed wheelchair access seating 7) Construction of 10' X 20' wood river access deck at river's edge for universal access water study and fishing pier 8) Construct new Kiosk sign at "rustic" pavilion and improve existing "Trail End" sign to include universal recreation brochure.

Universal Recreation Access Project to lakes at Torzewski Park

9) Construction of a power-winch roller launch/retrieval system to provide barrier-free canoe/kayak access to Pero Lake 10) with transfer system from wheelchair to bench/chair to canoe/kayak already in position on the launch system 11) Site improvements to facilitate launch/retrieval system including an 8 feet wide by 70 feet barrier-free paved path.

 

Grant Award:

Recreation Projects:

112,000

Convenings:

25,000

Administration:

50,000

Endowments:

75,000

Total:

262,000

Match required:

187,000


Recreation Projects:

Through the process of meeting with our Access to Nature Steering committee, our members determined the most critical need for people with disabilities in Lapeer County is public access to water -ponds, rivers, and lakes. The Flint River Watershed covers the western two-thirds of Lapeer County (see Site Map 1) opening up many opportunities for unique learning and recreation experiences.

One example of universal recreation access need not being met in Lapeer County is that even though our Wheelin Team 457 conducts a fishing derby for their members there is no public access to water within the county for them to utilize. All universal accessibility is through private party ownership and goodwill and organization owned camps.

Project Design:

Universal Access Recreation Projects:

Access to Nature: Universal Recreation Access to prairies, ponds, and creeks within the Flint River Watershed at Prairies and Ponds Nature Area

Background: Prairies and Ponds at Oakdale is a wonderful, forty-acre nature area located within the City of Lapeer 's Parks and Recreation program, with opportunities for hiking, observing nature and exploring. What makes Prairies and Ponds unique is the number of different ecosystems which are found within its boundaries. Not only are there ponds and prairies, but also a river, creeks, marshes, old fields, and deciduous trees. The variety of life within the nature area is incredible. More than 125 species of birds have visited during migration or nested within the area including loons, egrets, scaups and plovers to warblers, vireos and hummingbirds. The biodiversity of plant life in the nature area make it a great nesting place for many species.

Access to Nature Project at Prairies and Ponds:

City of Lapeer Parks and Recreation Director, Ray Turczyn, will oversee these projects.

See Site Map 2 for corresponding project numbers:

1A) Improvement of existing 900 feet gravel trail with HMA pavement to provide 10 feet wide barrier-free route to southwestern pond within Prairies & Ponds Nature Area

1B) Including construction of 80 feet of barrier-free access from main trail to pond edge with 8 feet of HMA pavement and wood boardwalk with bumper edges to span unstable soils allowing up-close observation (rather than at a distance of 50') of the pond and prairie ecosystems. The present crushed limestone path thought originally to be wheelchair friendly is in actuality very difficult to traverse utilizing wheels. By providing extra wide paved pathways a multigenerational family or friend unit with stroller, walker or wheelchair will be able to visit and observe points of nature together. The additional boardwalk and path to pond's edge will include bumper edges on all sides of the boardwalk so that all can get a safe, closer view of pond life. Without the new boardwalk/path, no one can get to the southwestern pond's edge.

2) Construction of a 8 feet wide by 100 feet barrier-free trail that will connect to the proposed barrier-free Chatfield School "green" nature center allowing the center to be universally accessible from not only the school parking lot but the Prairies and Ponds trail system doubling the barrier-free access capabilities. The extra wide trails will especially facilitate nature and water recreational and education experiences for the eight (8) Lapeer County schools bringing large groups of students of all abilities that can reach Prairies and Ponds Nature Area on their own power without utilizing buses.

3) Construction of barrier-free restroom shelter to house two port-a-john facilities. The city has committed to the on-going rental expense and maintenance of these facilities, one of which will be wheelchair assessable. By utilizing this type of facility, costs are kept at a minimum and yet the question and need for-"where's the closest restroom?" is clearly answered.

4) Construction of 3 barrier-free parking spaces at Prairies & Ponds Nature Area currently unpaved trail-head parking area will allow people with disabilities easy access to both trails-to the pond and prairies or to the creek. The location of the parking spaces would also facilitate the loading and unloading of GLTA (Greater Lapeer Transit Authority) buses, a barrier free, budget-priced public transportation system within Lapeer County . We will not pave the entire lot in order to reduce costs and preserve the natural setting as much as possible. The barrier-free parking spaces are placed next to the informational kiosk which features brochures at wheelchair and child height level illustrating the areas which are universally accessible. This will facilitate better use of the trails by learning what natural features and recreational activities are offered.

See Site Map 3 for corresponding project numbers:

5) Attachment to an existing 10 feet wide paved trail running south to the railroad underpass and then paving a 10 feet wide by 600 feet of trail along the south bank of Farmers Creek to the area by the existing river weir, the best vantage point for creek access. By connecting to the existing extra wide paved paths, the cost of paving is substantially reduced, and we can add an entire new ecosystem-creeks-to the existing Prairies and Ponds Nature Area. At present time the opportunity for the public to universally access a creek and all its natural wonders do not exist within Lapeer County . The fact that all trails existing and newly paved will be the extra-wide 10' allows for freer movement for a larger amount of nature lovers. For example at Lapeer County Community Mental Health, the new MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Experience) International curriculum which teaches functional motor activities for children and adults with severe disabilities will be able to practice with their new equipment in an outdoor setting rather than always indoors at their facilities, only a five minutes bus ride from Prairies and Ponds.

6) Construction of a 24' X 32' rustic pavilion with seating for 30 including intermixed wheelchair access seating on the front row-the most advantageous seating for participation with the naturalist. Tiered rustic seating will be available only so students can see over fellow classmates head to observe the ground level naturalist.

All people need shelter to rest or escape the glaring sun or inclement weather. The rustic pavilion will fit into its surroundings and provide shelter as well as house water educational activities. The City has agreed to hire a naturalist, regardless of the approval of this grant, to provide programs at this proposed shelter and other sites throughout the city park system. Such nature programs do not currently exist outside and are very limited in the school systems. Sample programs for this site would include river ecology, birding, aquatic invertebrates, comparative ecosystems and winter life at river's edge.

7) Construction of 10' X 20' wood river access deck at river's edge for universal access water study and fishing pier. The deck 2 rail system will have a 34 inch top rail and 9 inch bottom rail so that wheelchairs and strollers can easily observe and fish at water's edge. Bumper strips will be at all three water edges of the pier/deck for safety and to allow all students to participate in all programs. One section of the decking would also be hinged and locked only to be opened with classroom supervision to allow students to retrieve water samples, etc.

DNR Fisheries Division records indicate a variety of warm water fish species in Farmers Creek including largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, northern pike, and common white suckers-all providing recreational angling opportunities for the public. Lapeer County currently has no public fishing piers with universal access.

8) Construct new Kiosk sign at "rustic" pavilion and improve existing "Trail End" sign to include universal recreation brochure. The informational kiosk will feature brochures at wheelchair and child height as well as adult level illustrating the areas which are universally accessible and recreation highlights. This will facilitate better use of the trails by learning what natural features and recreational activities are offered.    

Access to Nature: Universal Recreation Access to lakes within the Flint River Watershed at Torzewski Park 's Pero Lake

Lapeer County Parks Director, Ken Elwert, will oversee these projects.

 

Background: Torzewski County Park known for its water park already has universal accessibility in many venues including restrooms, asphalt paths, picnic tables, and signed parking spots immediately adjacent to the asphalt paths. The water parks' pools are accessible via zero depth entry ramps. In addition, a completely accessible pontoon boat and aluminum dock with high railings currently exists. The dock is the same level as the entrance to the pontoon boat which has a completely open floor plan for easy access to and from the boat. If this grant is successful, the Lapeer County Park District has agreed to implement a canoes and kayaks rental program to enjoy Pero Lake which at present has no public access. The County Park District has committed to the purchase and maintenance of canoes and kayaks including adaptive ones for people with disabilities.

This new venue will provide additional recreation opportunities at the county park level that opens doors to potential new consumers.

No personal canoes or kayaks are allowed to be brought onto the lake. Signage to this fact is already in place, and public access is monitored by park employees. For the public to access Pero Lake , they must rent through the county park system so an employee will always be available at the lake access during park open hours.

See Site Map 4 for corresponding project numbers:

9) Construction of a power-winch roller launch/retrieval system (see illustration Q) to provide barrier-free canoe/kayak access to Pero Lake at Torzewski County Park . The County Park System would purchase special kayaks/canoes with stabilizers that would be available to rent to anyone who would like more stability in the water. At the present time, without literally using upper body strength to manipulate yourself or having someone lift you from wheelchair to a kayak/canoe already placed in the water along the dock, there is no access available for people with disabilities to enjoy a canoe or kayak ride in Lapeer County . The launch would be available to anyone launching into Pero Lake with help from the park employee.

10) With design and construction of a same-level transfer system (see illustration on site map 4) allowing people with disabilities to move from wheelchair to bench/chair to a transfer board to canoe/kayak already in a stable position on the launch system. We are working with a local consultant to design a chair on rollers that will allow easier access for people with little upper body strength. This would also be extremely helpful to the elderly or people who have had knee and/or hip surgery, both whose mobility and flexibility often are limited. Knee or hip replacements make it very difficult to go from dock or water kayak loading because often legs cannot be lifted as high and knees do not bend to a low level.

11) Site improvements to facilitate launch/retrieval system including an 8 feet wide by 70 feet barrier-free paved path. The site improvements will connect barrier-free access from existing parking, restroom and path facilities in Torzewski Park to the new canoe/kayak launching system.  

Assessment of Need:  

The Access to Nature Steering Committee who introduced the projects and participated in their designs were made up of parks and recreation representatives from both the city and county of Lapeer; people with disabilities including a special needs inventor, wheelchair events organizer, and barrier free design consultant; persons representing agencies or groups that serve people with disabilities such as Teamwork, Lions Bear Lake Camp, Lapeer Community Schools, and Lapeer County Senior Programs who would utilize the universal access projects, several well-known county naturalists, and community foundation representatives. Even though they could not serve on the committee-community groups and agencies like the Lapeer Rotary Club, Flint River Watershed Coalition, and Lapeer County Community Mental Health added their thoughts and expertise.

Members of the steering committee participated in planning sessions over a three month period in which we educated ourselves on universal accessibility and life from a wheelchair, discussed the greatest recreation needs for people with disabilities, and brainstormed ideas for "what might be?" Then steering committee members representing recreation, people with disabilities, schools, naturalists, and agencies visited the possible sites, worked on barrier-free solutions to access, and added ideas for the design and implementation of the Access to Nature projects while foundation representatives gathered financial support. All the ideas were then brought back to the entire committee and the professional design team.

Specific groups identified to date that will utilize and benefit from the Access to Nature projects include:

•  Eight (8) Lapeer County schools that bring large numbers of students of all abilities without bus transportation to Prairies and Ponds Nature Area. (Over 1300 students visited Prairies and Ponds last year alone.)

•  Lapeer TeamWork consumers who are adults and high school students with disabilities who work in a supported employment program

•  Lapeer County Community Mental Health consumers especially those 30-40 in the innovative new MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Experience) International curriculum

•  Lapeer County Senior Programs serving the 11,000 senior population, especially those with mobility challenges, with organized programs and trips through two active senior centers in Lapeer County

•  Wheelin' Team 457, an organized wheelchair group that provides nature trips, hunting and fishing opportunities, and wheel chair competitions

•  Family and youth campers with disabilities from the Lions Bear Lake Camp programs

•  Flint River Watershed Coalition for starting point for organized river clean-up

•  MOPS (Moms of Pre-Schoolers) Lapeer County has several organized chapters that regularly plan outings for young children of all abilities.

•  Blue Water Center for Independent Living, a group home environment for people with disabilities

•  Adult Foster Care Licensed Homes

•  People of all abilities attending city sponsored naturalist programs

•  All persons in Lapeer County who utilized the barrier free GLTA (Greater Lapeer Transit Authority)

•  All persons who enjoy angling in a warm water stream

•  All persons who enjoy canoeing or kayaking on a natural lake

•  All persons who enjoy nature's diversity through the observation and study of a variety of ecosystems

•  Members of the Access to Nature steering committee, their families and friends

Convening

Convening Strategies:

Lapeer County Community Foundation will oversee convening strategies.

Access to Nature Steering Committee will continue to meet monthly as the Access to Nature Community Partners Committee until the universal recreation projects are finished and opened. Representatives from additional community partner groups and agencies represented in this plan will be asked to join if they so desire.

Access to Nature Community Partners Committee will continue with the following activities:

  Planning for implementation for Access to Nature universal recreation project after grant award

  Comprehensive study of Universal Recreation Access with Cindy Burkhour or a similar representative for committee

  Pre-project tour of Access to Nature sites for all committee.

  Mid-project site visitation.

  Planning activities for Universal Recreation Awareness Open House at Lions Bear Lake Camp

  Planning activities for Grand Opening Celebration at Access to Nature sites

  Participation in Universal Recreation Awareness Open House and Access to Nature Grand Opening Celebration as special guests and tour guides.

  Planning of on-going marketing strategies for public awareness of universal recreation access.

  Establishment of a sub-committee for grant oversight of future Universal Recreation Access plans projects with funding from the endowment fund. This committee will become a standing committee of the Lapeer County Community Foundation with representatives from parks and recreation, people with disabilities, agencies representative of people with disabilities, Senior Programs and Foundation Board.

  Establishment of sub-committees for Special Convening Activities, On-Going Convening Activities, Prairies and Ponds Access to Nature Project, and Torzewski Park/Pero Lake Access to Nature Project  

Specific Convening Activities:  

Public Awareness Day at Lions Bear Lake Camp , one of Lapeer County's best kept secrets, to announce Universal Access Projects to press and general public. Lions Bear Lake Camp is a camp for youth and families with disabilities. Universal recreation activities available for the public to experience include: archery range, swimming and boating, nature trails, athletic field, fishing dock, low ropes adventure course, nature center and arts center. Educational activities will include seminars, displays, and brochures by universal access expert and project briefs, display board and brochures of Access to Nature projects for Lapeer County . Community partners such as Flint River Watershed Coalition, Lapeer County Community Mental Health, Lapeer Rotary's Flint River Clean-up project will also be invited to give information and/or seminars. This will be publicized in local media both newspaper and radio, website links from participating organizations to the new Universal Access page on the Lapeer County Community Foundation website, MPCB (Multi-Purpose Collaborative Board) email to all Lapeer County agencies, and by invitation to mailing lists made available by parks and recreation, agencies, and the foundation.

•  Grand Opening at Access to Nature projects sites upon project completion. Universal recreation activities will include self and guided trail tours, mini-fishing derby, naturalist programs, and ribbon cutting ceremony at Ponds and Prairies plus pontoon boat rides and celebration of the first kayak launch/splash at Torzewski Park . City and county public officials and steering committee representatives inclusive of community participants with disabilities will be participants in the ribbon cutting and kayak/splash. This will be publicized in local media both newspaper and radio, website links from participating organizations to the new Universal Access page on the Lapeer County Community Foundation website, MPCB email to all Lapeer County agencies, and by invitation to mailing lists made available by parks and recreation, agencies, and the foundation.

•  Annual participation in Wild Lapeer for Access to Nature representatives featuring universal recreation access educational materials, updates on on-going and new universal recreation projects in Lapeer County , an idea box where the general public can have input for future universal recreation access projects, and a fun outdoor activity available to people of all ability levels.  

On-going Universal Recreation Access Public Awareness Activities:

  On-going news releases to the media and MPCB email to all Lapeer County agencies on new projects and updates on on-going universal recreation access projects in Lapeer County .

  On-going universal recreation access updates on the Lapeer County Community Foundation website with links to community related sites.

  Inclusion of new and on-going universal recreation access projects in city, county and foundation annual reports to the community.

  Formation of a Speakers Bureau to actively speak to schools, local government, service organizations, church groups etc. to educate the general public on Universal Recreation Access and the Access to Nature projects in Lapeer County . Seeking additional local matching funds will be a secondary purpose for the Speakers Bureau.

Develop and design under the lead of the Lapeer County Community Foundation an educational publication approved by the community partners committee for use in conjunction with the Speakers Bureau.

 

Lapeer Access to Nature Community Partners identified to date, but not limited to:

1) City of Lapeer Parks and Recreation
2) Lapeer County Parks
3)  Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF)
4) County agencies working daily with people with disabilities-Lapeer County Community Mental Health, Lapeer TeamWork, and Blue  Water Center for Independent Living
5) YAC: Youth Initiative group from LCCF
6)  Service Clubs with a history of river and park development
in Lapeer County -Rotary, Lions, Optimists, Kiwanis
7) Lapeer County ISD Building and Trades classes
8)  Chatfield School
9) Lapeer Community Schools
10) Mott Community College
11) Lapeer County Senior Programs
12) Wheelin' Team 457
13) Lions Bear Lake Camp
14) Flint River Watershed Coalition
15) City of Lapeer Community Center
16) Seven Ponds Nature Center
17) Local media-The County Press, LA View, Tri-City Times,
Flint Journal, and WMPC

Administration: 

Lapeer County Community Foundation will oversee the convening, administration, and endowment activities while the City of Lapeer and County Parks departments will oversee the Access to Nature recreation projects. Sub-committees to be appointed will take the lead in the following committees: A) Special Convening Activities, B) On-Going Convening Activities, C) Prairies and Ponds Access to Nature Project, D) Torzewski Park/Pero Lake Access to Nature Project, and E) Endowment Building and Grants. All reports will be given at the Access to Nature Community Partners monthly meeting described above.

Endowment Building :  

Establishment of a sub-committee from the Access to Nature Community Partner Committee for grant oversight of future Universal Recreation Access plans projects with funding from the endowment fund. This committee will become a standing committee of the Lapeer County Community Foundation with representatives from parks and recreation, people with disabilities, agencies representative of people with disabilities, Senior Programs and Foundation Board. The Lapeer County Community Foundation has already committed $75,000 to the endowment match.

The Access to Nature Endowment Fund will join our other funds in our Fund brochure and our website page. In addition we will create a webpage just for the Access to Nature Endowment Fund as with our Women's YAC Fund links which will include education on universal recreation access, current and upcoming universal recreation access projects in Lapeer County , public and private donors to current projects, and ways to give. The Access to Nature Endowment Fund will be highlighted at our LCCF Annual Gathering of donors, in the Annual Report sent to all donors and our complete mailing list of 1,000 and available on our website at www.lapeercountycommunityfoundation.org , and the Annual Update sent with our Annual Giving campaign mailing.

2007 Access to Nature Committee  

Ray Brown

Ryan Edwards

Ken Elwert

David Ethridge

Judge Nick Holowka

Al Hoppe

Dennis Kotenko

Jack Lewis

Janet Manning

Kevin McCrory

Peter McCreedy

Joanne Monroe

Mike Supernault

Dennis Tomkins

Ray Turczyn

Paul Walker

 

Text Box:  Cindy Burkhour, Initiative Manager

2454 Lamplighter Drive , Jenison , MI 49428-9127

Phone (616)669-9109 Mobile (616)560-2378

AccessRecreationGroup@juno.com

www.accesstorecreation.org

Universally Accessible Recreation Design Elements

Type of recreation element

Universal Recreation Access Design Concepts to consider in the project evaluation process.

Things to look for.

Trails, nature trail, walkway, pathway, etc.

- wider width so two people can walk side by side or people can pass

- unitary surface like concrete, boardwalk or asphalt, crushed aggregate/screenings that have been "stabilized" or natural soils enhanced with soil stabilizers

- contrasting color treatment of the surface and textured surface treatments such as brushed concrete at intersections or interpretive stations to cue people who have vision impairments that there is something to pay attention to at that spot

- close to level cross slopes (side to side) and very gentle running slopes, no steep sections, larger (greater than 60"X60")level areas at all turns and intersections

- thoughtfully laid out on the site to maximize the experience with minimal difficulty

Picnic areas and elements :

pavilions, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, water pumps, etc.

- all accessible design elements, all tables, grills, fire rings, water pumps, etc.

- all located on accessible routes

- level routes onto pavilions with no changes of level from path to pavilion surface

- wider routes & clear space with firm surface around all elements so someone with mobility limits can easily move around the element (table, grill, etc.)

- a variety of table styles, some with clear sitting space on the side, some with extended table tops on the end

- clear space all around each element so people can approach and use the grill, fire ring, etc. from the front, back and either side

- grills you can lower/raise the cooking surface with one hand

- raised fire building surfaces so you can place wood without learning too far over from a standing or seated position

Fishing dock/pier and observation/viewing decks:

- all lowered rails all the way around so everyone can fish from anywhere or no rails at all with only an edge treatment to prevent roll off

- sitting benches (all with backs and arm rests) scattered about so anglers can choose to sit or stand to fish

- tackle box stands next to one bench end (not both) leaving one end clear space for sitting side by side with someone in a wheelchair

- a variety of fish landing cutaways strategically placed

- variety of opportunities over-water fishing/shore fishing/in-water fishing stations

Playgrounds :

- Ramps and transfers

- has both ramp and transfer access to all play components

- ramps to every "getting on spot" or "sit/stand & do it spot" of every play component

- transfer system from the ground up to the main deck located near the exits of slides and climbers furthest from the ramp onto the structure

- only unitary safety surface such as poured-in-place or rubber tiles NOT any loose fill materials likes shredded rubber, wood chips or engineered wood fiber or any other non-unitary surface material

- on deck transfer platform at the entry point of every slide

- on deck transfer platform with one open transfer side and one side w/ transfer steps to every entry/exit point of every climber so kids climbing "up" can bump down to the deck to move to another component, as they may have left an assistive device at the ground

- a good variety of things to manipulate that make noise or music, have high contrast/bright colors, games that that two kids can play (this fosters social interaction) Braille and sign language panels to teach awareness , easy to operate with just one hand with a whole fist (doesn't requires tight/pinch/grasp/wrist twist to operate)

- different high contrast colors for decks vs transfers so kids with low vision can perceive a change in level

- play panels are located at heights they can be used from a seated position or standing

Restrooms:

- more than the minimum number

- multiple unisex/single user toilet rooms/units so opposite sex care givers can assist, also good for parents of young children of the opposite sex so kids aren't sent alone into the multi user restroom

- thoughtfully located near areas of activity such as play areas, beaches, fishing piers, etc.
- all port-a-johns accessible design units, again big enough for individual use or care giver assist and also good for families with young children who need assistance in a port-a-john.

Sports fields/courts:

Fields: soccer, football, baseball, etc.

Courts: tennis, b-ball, boccia, horseshoes, etc.

Skate parks, Frisbee golf

- routes to both sides of all fields and all courts, not just end zones

- accessible seating spaces both ground level and elevated if risers/bleachers are provided

- accessible seating spaces scattered throughout all viewing areas and levels with companion seating on both sides of the space

- all lowered service windows at all concession areas

- wider gate openings into court areas (tennis, boccia, b-ball) and skate parks to accommodate wider sports wheelchairs

- routes to both horseshoe pits and along both sides of the route between pits

- level routes onto boccia courts with sitting benches at both ends

Boardwalk:

wetland and water access

- wider width so two people can walk side by side or people can pass

- edge treatment to prevent roll/step off

- if side rails all lowered for easy viewing

- interpretive information in a variety of alternative formats such as auditory, large print, Braille, pictures, etc.

Canoe/kayak/boat launch:

- wider route so someone can hand wheel boat on dolly to launch pulling boat next to them if they are in a wheelchair or two person carry down

- accessible surface to waters edge and into water at launch

- more gentle slopes for easier entry and exit when hand wheeling a boat

- some type of "rack" to stabilize boat at a transferable height then some type of mechanism/roller system to move, while seated in the boat, into the water

- some means of transfer assistance such as overhead bars

- some type of wench system to help pull boat out of water back into the rack to exit/transfer out.

- if there is a dock provide a transfer system on the dock so someone can bump down to be seated on the dock to transfer over to a boat in the water that is in some type of a stabilizer rack

- adaptive kayaks available for use

- shore station with a platform (instead of "V" rack) with a transfer system on the deck of the shore station, located next to a dock so someone could roll/get on the platform and lower it to the right level to transfer into a boat

Campgrounds:

- all sites and amenities accessible surface on all sites

- larger spaces to accommodate side lifts on campers and vehicles

- accessible tables, grills, and fire rings on all sites

- centrally located restrooms on easy routes from each site

Archery range:

- all stations

- route to retrieval area for each target

- targets usable with cross bows also

- arrow back stop to limit retrieval distance

- larger maneuvering spaces to accommodate archers with shooting assistants

Beach:

- routes over the beach and into the water, can be portable/temporary matting if it needs to be taken in and out for beach cleaning/dragging or in the off season

- wide enough for side by side walking/passing

- at beach route end have a "hanging out" area at the waters edge large enough to get off the route end

- with a transfer system at the waters edge so people can get down to the ground level and into the water

Nature center:

- all interpretive information in a variety of alternative formats such as auditory, large print, Braille, pictures, etc.

- creative use of technology such as I-Pods for auditory descriptions (this gives the info. directly to the individual) closed loop assistive listening devices and closed circuit captioning of all interpretive presentations

- all displays at lowered heights for sitting or standing viewing

- all operating mechanisms that are operable with one hand and do not require tight/pinch/grasp/wrist twist to operate

Skiing/sledding hill:

- accessible route to top (no steps) maybe using a rope tow lift with the "magic carpet" (it's "carpet/mat" type thing you get on in your sled or sit on and it pulls the mat up the hill with you on it)

- level surface for sled mounting at hill top

- if staffed, provide ATV transport or have policy that allows personal ATV use

- transfer at hill bottom to help bump transfer down to sled and bump back up into chair/walker

Camping Cabins and Yurts:

- larger clear space and maneuvering spaces in between all furnishings including when all are in use (beds, tables/chairs with people seated at the table, shelves within lowered reach ranges, lowered wall hooks, etc.)

- larger clear space thoughtfully located for typical portable items such as coolers, luggage, equipment/food bins/tubs, etc.

Labyrinth:

- unitary surface like concrete, boardwalk or asphalt, crushed aggregate/screenings that have been "stabilized" or natural soils enhanced with soil stabilizers

- contrasting color treatment of the surface and textured surface treatments such as brushed concrete at intersections or interpretive stations to cue people who have vision impairments that there is something to pay attention to at that spot

- close to level cross slopes (side to side) and very gentle running slopes, no steep sections, larger (greater than 60"X60")level areas at all turns and intersections

- thoughtfully laid out on the site to maximize the experience with minimal difficulty

- plantings that provide sensory cues such as lavender at all intersections/turns

- all interpretive information in a variety of alternative formats such as auditory, large print, Braille, pictures, etc.

Parking:

- more than minimum number of spots

- each connected directly to an accessible route to the park elements and NOT into the traffic flow

- thoughtfully located nearest the activity entrance (some near the beach, some near the playground, some near the bath house, etc.)

Below are the ADA basic minimums for spaces, clearances, reaches, viewing and operation for quick reference.

These are NOT specific to each of the above types of recreation YOU MUST look up in ADAAG the specific type of recreation to find the specific scoping and technical requirement minimums.

Clear width = 36" min. for most accessible routes

Maneuvering space = 60"X60" min. & level, at entries & change of direction

Surfaces = ¼" max. change, slopes less than 5%, firm and stable

Transferable height = 17"-19" with transfer supports

Head clearance = 80" high & as wide as the route

Knee clearance = 27"h X30"w X25"d

Clear space = 30"wX48"d min. located at the element

Table tops and rail hts. = 34" max. high

Viewing = clear from 32"-51"

Reach range = 48" max. high forward/side 15" min. low

Operation = operating mechanism that is operable with one hand and does not require tight/pinch/grasp/wrist twist to operate .

From Access to Recreation Website:

Midwest Community Foundation Ventures awards nearly $1 million in support of public recreation projects that provide universal accessibility

Grand Haven, MI - Three Michigan community foundations have been awarded matching grants that will allow them to work with local community partners to enhance and expand recreational facilities into fully accessible venues for people of all abilities. Recipients of the grants, awarded by the $15 million Access to Recreation project, include: Lapeer County Community Foundation, Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, and The Community Foundation of St. Clair County.


Projects to be funded through the grants range from a canoe/kayak launch with a wheelchair transfer system to a barrier-free treehouse to accessible trails with interpretative signage - all planned with the goal that all citizens be able to enjoy Michigan 's many recreational activities and adventures. In addition to new and enhanced recreation facilities, each community will develop and fund an Access to Recreation endowment to strengthen and expand their commitment to universal accessibility.


These projects will join those currently being built in five Michigan communities that received grant funding in 2006. Community foundations that received funding in 2006 include the Greenville Community Foundation, Monroe Community Foundation, Midland Area Community Foundation, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan .


"We are excited that these community foundations will be leading the way to achieve our collective goal of making accessible recreation available for all," said Rob Collier, CMF and MCFV president. "We expect that these communities will provide a road map that will be used not only by Michigan communities, but other Midwest states as well."


Access to Recreation, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and coordinated by the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures (MCFV), will provide a combination of challenge grants, technical assistance, and public education, resulting in recreation facilities that exceed current ADA standards. Project partners include the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Foundation (MRPA), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Midwest Community Foundations' Ventures (MCFV), a supporting organization of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF).


The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) is a membership association of over 400 foundations and corporations making grants for charitable purposes, with a mission to strengthen, increase and promote philanthropy in Michigan . For more information on CMF and the work of Michigan foundations visit www.cmif.org.


Midwest Community Foundations' Ventures (MCFV) supports collaborative activities by 135 community foundations operating in Illinois , Michigan and Ohio -nearly 16% of such foundations nationwide.

 

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