2006-10-27 / Community

Addabbo Calls For Parks Accessibility

After participating in a New York City Council hearing held by its Parks and Recreation Committee on accessibility in parks, Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo called for complete accessibility for all disabled people to city park areas, especially beaches and boardwalks.

The Parks Department has responded to the New York State Comptroller's request for compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), but much remains to be done. Plans are underway to list all inaccessible sites in parks and to have these non-compliant areas renovated so that individuals in wheel chairs, sight impairments, and people with extreme neurological disorders can use parks facilities.

Addabbo strongly urged that "disabled individuals must be given a high priority when improvements are made to our park bathrooms, play facilities, and other park areas.

I look forward to working with our Parks Department to ensure proper accessibility for all." The councilman said he believed that beaches and boardwalks need appropriate signage and entranceways for those with disabilities. Addabbo concluded his remarks by stating that the public should have an increased amount of input in the planning of park renovations and improvements.

For further information contact Councilman Addabbo's office at (718) 738-1111.

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