Upper Roaring Brook Accessible Walkway and Fishing Pier
Arcadia Management Area, Richmond-Exeter,
Easy access to outdoor recreation facilities is essential if the serious long-term threat to public health represented by physical inactivity is to be overcome. It is not enough to want to be active outdoors-- there have to be places where that activity can happen. And this is true for everyone, including people with disabilities.
Because of the importance of accessibility enhancement, the CRT has designated this area as one that merits special recognition through its annual achievement awards program.
Our winner in this category is the Arcadia Management Area in beautiful South County, Rhode Island. With RTP funds, the state Division of Forest Environment designed and built a walkway, as well as a bridge, fishing pier and picnic table area, for disabled people.
The walkway is 300 feet long and connects to other trails, including an additional planned 900 feet of handicapped walkway. The walkway runs between a pond and a hardwood swamp, allowing users to view different types of ecosystems.
We are delighted to recognize the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management for its achievement in enhancing the accessibility of trail-related facilities.
While Jay Aron of the Department of Environmental Management could not be in Washington, DC for the awards, we welcomed Brian Daniels from the staff of Congressman Jim Langevin who is accepting the award on the state's behalf.
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Updated April 10, 2007