Accessibility Enhancement


Trails Accessibility Program - Florida

Taking measurements and notes on trail conditions

Florida’s program supports the building of trails that increase recreational opportunities for people of all abilities.

The Florida Office of Greenways and Trails recognized the need to emphasize accessibility for trail users and has used the RTP to help increase trail-related opportunities for all citizens.

Accessibility has always been a part of Florida’s Recreational Trails Program and is woven into all aspects of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails RTP activities. As part of this focus on accessibility, Florida made good use of the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP).

The UTAP utilizes funding from the Recreational Trails Program to introduce participants to recreational trail accessibility issues.

Universal Trail Assessment Process training

Universal Trail Assessment Process training

Participants learn how to map trails as to cross-slope, grade, obstacles, and trail width, as well as how to use all this newfound information. UTAP is not only an accessibility assessment tool, but also a management tool. In addition, participants learn how trail sustainability and accessibility are interrelated.

All RTP project sponsors are invited to participate. RTP administrative funds cover the cost of both the UTAP tool kits and the TrailWare computer programs, which are sent home with each project sponsor at the completion of the UTAP Coordinator Training

More winners of this award

2023: Danada-Herrick Lake Regional Trail- Cromwell Drive Connector

2021: Chautauqua Bottoms Accessibility Upgrades

2020: Boardwalks and Observation Deck Rehab/Replacement

2019: Sassafras Mountain – South Carolina

2018: Camp Creek Greenway - Georgia

2017: Talisi Riverwalk Trail Extension - Alabama

2016: Graber Pond Accessible Trail - Wisconsin

2015: Rotary Park Accessible Trail (Phase 2) - Tennessee

2014: Merrimack County Four-Season Northern Rail Trail - New Hampshire

2013: Beaman Park Accessible and Interpretive Trail - Tennessee

2012: The Children’s Center’s Life Trails and Therapeutic Park - Oklahoma

2011: Potts Memorial Park Trail Project - Missouri

2010: Laurel Fork Trail at Holly River State Park - West Virginia

2009: Southwest Key Trail - Texas

2008: Johnny Henderson Park Trail - Alabama

2007: Penny Lake Trail/Boothbay Harbor - Maine

2006: Springs Valley Trail - Indiana

2005: Trail Access Information for Northern Nevada

2004: Camp ASCCA Environmental Trail - Alabama

2003: Upper Roaring Brook Accessible Walkway and Fishing Pier - Rhode Island