Parks Aim to Increase Accessibility 07/21 09:19
CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) -- Mammoth Cave National Park has upgraded a trail as
part of a coordinated effort by the National Park Service to increase
accessibility to disabled visitors.
The Echo River Spring Trail reopened earlier this year after a $1.1 million
transformation from a rutted gravel footpath to an 8-foot-wide concrete and
wood path. New signs include Braille and invite visitors to experience them by
touch so they are more meaningful to the visually or cognitively impaired.
National Park Service accessibility chief Jeremy Buzzell says nine parks
across the U.S. have received more than $10 million in federal funding to
design and build accessibility projects as examples for other parks.
A project at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska also is
complete, and four other parks have projects in the works.