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New Hampshire Governor’s Accessibility Award goes to The Nature Conservancy

The new accessible trail in the Ossipee Pine Barrens

The new accessible trail in the Ossipee Pine Barrens. Photo by Jeff Lougee

Connecting with nature is a path to healing and positive growth for many people.  Creating the infrastructure to help make natural spaces accessible to people of all abilities is an ambitious and worthy effort we can all support.  In recognition of this kind of work, the “New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Disability recently honored The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire for the creation of an accessible trail at the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve.”

The individuals and organizations chosen to receive the Governor’s Accessibility Award are recognized for their initiatives that embody the mission of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Awards like these are a great way for public officials to highlight the important work of private and non-profit organizations in helping create accessible communities.  

Source:
Nature Conservancy wins Governor’s Accessibility Award 
By: Staff Writer Sep 24, 2019 Updated Sep 25, 2019
https://www.conwaydailysun.com/business/local/nature-conservancy-wins-governor-s-accessibility-award/article_19f10440-dbc1-11e9-9da3-2b97d479c6d8.html

Communities Nation Wide Focus on ADA Accessible Parks

Southbend ADA Accessible Playground

Improving parks and recreation accessibility to all is a hot topic right now. We’ve highlighted the great work done in communities such as the Town of Sudbury, Massachusetts and City of Moscow, Idaho in the past, and now we spotlight South Bend, Indiana. Construction is already underway at Howard Park that will feature playground equipment that is 75% ADA accessible. South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts Executive Director Aaron Perri says, “We don’t think that there’s going to be anything like this playground anywhere nearby.”  The design is inspired by beauty of the St. Joseph River that flows through northern Indiana on its way to Lake Michigan. The design recently won the parks department a $30,000 grant from National Recreation Park Association and Disney. ADA initiatives for parks and recreation programs are rapidly moving to the forefront of public efforts to create accessible spaces for all. Proactive municipal leaders are using this momentum to ensure ADA compliance is integrated into future community enhancement planning.

Source:
New ADA accessible South Bend playground expected to be largest in the area
Michiana WSBT News 22
Jun 13, 2019
https://wsbt.com/news/local/new-ada-accessible-south-bend-playground-expected-to-be-largest-in-the-area

Sacramento Re-Opens Baseball Field Designed for People with Disabilities

Baseball Diamond Made For People With Disabilities Reopens In South Sacramento CBS Sacramento April 13, 2019 https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/04/13/baseball-diamond-made-for-people-with-disabilities-reopens-in-south-sacramento/

Across the nation, cities are evaluating the accessibility of their recreation programs and parks. While many parks and programs are still being reviewed and plans are being developed to make them accessible to all, some cities have already opened facilities and programs for those with disabilities. In California, the City of Sacramento has worked diligently with the Sacramento River Cats, a local minor league baseball team, to remodel and resurface a baseball field designed for people with disabilities. This forward thinking gave the City the resources it needed to expand its accessible sports programs.

Source:
Baseball Diamond Made For People With Disabilities Reopens In South Sacramento
CBS Sacramento
April 13, 2019
https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/04/13/baseball-diamond-made-for-people-with-disabilities-reopens-in-south-sacramento/

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