Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks Working On Accessibility Improvements

Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks Working On Accessibility Improvements

Americas, Built Environment, Tourism, August 26 2021

UNITED STATES: Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks can offer a demanding landscape if you require a wheelchair or other aid in getting around the park and its facilities or reading interpretive displays. Park staff realizes that, and is working on plans to improve access and interpretation to some of the parks’ wonders.

If you’ve ever visited the two parks, you can appreciate the challenges. Exploring Giant Forest, visiting Crescent Meadow, peering into Tharp’s Log, and climbing to the top of Moro Rock all are wonderful experiences, but can be challenging to those who need assistance.

In compiling an Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition plan for the two parks in California’s Sierra Range, park staff tried to “1) document existing park barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities, 2) provide an effective approach for upgrading facilities, services, activities, and programs, and 3) instill a culture around creating universal access.”

“Throughout the park, physical accessibility to services and facilities was generally found to be accessible. Accessible parking is provided at nearly all park areas, paths between accessible features are almost always paved and gently sloped, restrooms are large and maneuverable, and many interpretive [...]

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