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published Jun 2015

Accessibility in the National Park Service

by National Park Service

While notable advancements have been made, much is needed to break down the barriers and embrace greater inclusivity. Parks, programs, and leaders across the service need more education, guidance, support, and resources to create more welcoming experiences for a broad spectrum of audiences.


published May 2008

Best Practices of Accessibility in Parks and Recreation: A Delphi Survey of National Experts in Accessibility

by Alison Voight, Gary Robb, Jennifer Skulski, Deborah Getz, Debbie Scharven

As a result of frequent inquiries regarding best practices from practitioners, NCA initiated this research study in order to ascertain which practices in the field of parks and recreation accessibility management exceed the minimum standards set forth by the ADA and other disability-related legislation.


published Nov 2001

Visitor Expectations and Perceptions of Program and Physical Accessibility in the National Park Service

by Rachel J. C. Chen, PhD

The purpose of the study was to identify the perceptions of people with disabilities relative to program and physical accessibility in the National Park Service.


published Nov 2013

Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines; Outdoor Developed Areas

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), are issuing a final rule that amends the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines by adding scoping and technical requirements for camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas, trails, and beach access routes constructed or altered by or on behalf of federal agencies. The final rule ensures that these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.


published Jan 1993

Beach Access: Assist Devices and Surfaces

A Research Report of the National Center of Accessibility Original Study Conducted at Bradford Woods (1993)


published Jan 2011

Universal Accessibility of "Accessible" Fitness and Recreational Facilities for Persons With Mobility Disabilities

by Kelly P. Arbour-Nicitopoulos with McMaster University, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis with McMaster University

This study descriptively measured the universal accessibility of “accessible” fitness and recreational facilities for Ontarians living with mobility disabilities.


published Dec 2019

National Scenic and Historic Trails Training Needs Assessment

by Elvin Clapp with Bureau of Land Management

Survey of skills and competencies to assist in developing a national training strategy for National Scenic and Historic Trails


published Nov 2019

Ramps for Accessible Trails and Shared-Use Pathways

by Stuart Macdonald

Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails.


published Feb 2014

National Trail Surfaces Study

by U.S. Access Board, National Center on Accessibility

In 2007 the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) entered into an agreement with the U.S. Access Board and National Park Service to investigate natural firm and stable surface alternatives when creating accessible pedestrian trails, including crushed stones, packed soil, and other natural material.


published Aug 2013

Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG)

by USDA Forest Service

The FSTAG and the Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines (FSORAG) are the legally enforceable standards for use in outdoor recreation areas on the National Forest System for the facilities, routes, and features addressed in these guidelines.


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Wickcraft Boardwalks

Madison, Wisconsin

Wickcraft boardwalk frames use only high quality, HSS structural steel that has been hot-dip galvanized for a 100-year frame guarantee.


2317 Daniels Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53718
Toll Free: (800) 549-7694 | Local: (608) 244-9177 • [email protected]

Bob's Trails, Trees, and Gardens

Knoxville, Tennessee

Bob is a small business owner doing private garden and tree projects. He is certified as a Master Trail Builder by Trail Design Specialists, Inc., a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), and has been a Certi...


PO Box 11503 | Street: 454 Powder House Rd, Powell, TN 37849, Knoxville, Tennessee 37939
(615) 210- 1932 • [email protected]ook.com

National Center on Accessibility

Bloomington, Indiana

The National Center on Accessibility promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism.


501 N Morton St #109, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
(812) 856-4422 • [email protected]

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