Many state parks not fully ADA-compliant
The Times Union reports that while many are enjoying New York's state parks this month, others can't because the state has many inaccessible entrances and restrooms, obstacles on trails and paths, and limited parking for people with disabilities, according to an audit by the state comptroller's office. The report found that 62 percent of amenities in state parks need to be improved to enhance accessibility. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said in a statement, “New York state strives to promote inclusivity and broad access to all the resources it has to offer, and this includes our state parks and historic sites.... The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recognizes the importance of improving accessibility to the New York state parks system, but must do a better job incorporating this goal into its processes for maintaining and operating its sites, and improve its communications with and responsiveness to the public.” The audit also did not find required grievance procedures for when attendees find the parks do not provide accessibility. Read more about this story in the Times Union.