County of Marin - News Releases - Parks Inclusive Access

For Immediate Release
February 17, 2015

Parks to Plan for Inclusive Access

Public invited to share thoughts at Open House on February 26

San Rafael, CA – Marin County Parks is developing its first Inclusive Access Plan to increase the equitability of access to County open space, and staff is collecting feedback.

A woman in a wheelchair is pushed by another woman on an unpaved trail as other hikers walk by.The plan will provide a mechanism for identifying opportunities to improve access to the County preserve trail system for all users regardless of ability or age. The public is invited to learn more and share feedback at an open house scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at the Town Center Corte Madera Community Room, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201 (at the south end of the property). 

Considerations included within the scope of the plan include:

1)   the incorporation of appropriate accessible design features in open space preserves

2)   guidelines for communicating preserve accessibility information to users

3)   basic design and location selection for a system of destination-oriented trails that would provide access exceeding federal, state, or local guidelines and requirements

4)   updates to policies and procedures that make it possible for the Marin County Parks to proactively manage issues presented by rapid technological change — for example, other power-driven mobility devices that are capable of navigating steep and uneven terrain.

Development of the plan will include review and analysis of current state, federal, and county requirements, standards, and best-practice guidelines relating to accessibility in open space areas. Additionally, plan development will include extensive outreach to organizations and stakeholders who have a primary interest in access issues.

The Inclusive Access Plan has been made possible through Measure A funding.

Contact:

Craig Richardson
Senior Open Space Planner
Marin County Parks

Marin Civic Center
Suite 260
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7057
Email: Craig Richardson
Marin County Parks website