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My Valley: Outdoors Get Even Greater

Sunday, June 1, 2014

By Karen Jaserjian Shan.  Poughkeepsie Journal.

Efforts are underway to make natural areas acessible to everyone.

Recently Destiney Kearney put her daughter in a stroller and cruised down the paved pathway outside Spratt Park in Poughkeepsie.

After all, Kearney said her 1-year-old, Allayna Graham, seemed to like outdoor treks and the path's smooth surface made it easy to push the stroller along during their walks.

"It's paved, and there's enough room for people," said Kearney, of Poughkeepsie. "It's easy access to get here. It's a good refresher. I don't have to worry about lifting the stroller over curves and bumps."

Paved pathways and other accessibility considerations at outdoor recreational areas means more people can enjoy the spaces, including those with strollers, in wheelchairs, using walkers or otherwise limited.

New accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas developed by the federal government, were issued in 2013 by the U.S. Access Board, including accessible trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes and more, with exceptions where terrain and endangered species mandates inhibited such compliance.  See full article online.