For Immediate ReleaseAugust 10, 2016
Open Space District Board adopts Inclusive Access Plan to enhance recreation
San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin offers some great news for those who are eager to enjoy gorgeous open space preserves: Marin County Parks is taking measures to increase recreational opportunities for people using the open space trail system regardless of their abilities.
The goal of the Inclusive Access Plan is to increase the equitability of access to all County open space and help visitors plan their visits according to their own physical abilities.
The final plan includes:
The draft plan was presented to the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission in November 2015. Since then and presentation of the draft final plan to the Commission on July 21, 2016, the following changes were made to the final plan:
“All Marin residents deserve an opportunity to make their own connection with the natural environments that make our county the unique place in the world that it is,” said Carl Somers, Chief of Planning and Acquisition for Marin County Parks. “The Inclusive Access Plan is a comprehensive vision for how we make that goal a reality.”
Development of the plan included review and analysis of current state, federal, and County requirements, standards, and best-practice guidelines relating to accessibility in open space areas. Staff provided opportunities for community engagement and conducted special outreach to organizations and stakeholders who have a primary interest in access issues.
The Inclusive Access Plan has been made possible by funding from Measure A, a nine-year, quarter-cent retail and use tax passed by voters in November 2012. Measure A funding is meant to care for Marin’s existing parks and open spaces, support regional community park projects and programs, and further farmland preservation.
Craig RichardsonSenior Open Space PlannerMarin County Parks
Marin Civic CenterSuite 260San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7057Email: Craig RichardsonMarin County Parks website