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AN INVITATION TO RAMSEY COUNTY RESIDENTS

Posted by Matt on November 13, 2015
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Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is proud to serve residents by providing open spaces and recreation opportunities. Research shows – and you know, too – that open space and recreation opportunities contribute to a better quality of life for you and your neighbors.

Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is proud of its efforts to make new sites usable by all, including those with and without disabilities. These steps help promote better health and better communities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became effective January 26, 1992. This comprehensive federal civil rights law requires Ramsey County to evaluate its sites and facilities, including those that existed before the ADA became law, to make sure that the opportunities at those sites and facilities are accessible to people with all types of disabilities. Towards that end, the county retained a nationally known firm, Recreation Accessibility Consultants, to develop an ADA transition plan to make the county’s parks and recreation sites accessible.

Recreation Accessibility Consultants has evaluated all sites within the Ramsey County parks system, from parks to ice arenas to golf courses to trails. Ramsey County will make changes to facilities and sites, but cannot make every change all at once. Work will be phased based on available resources while ensuring that accessible park and recreation opportunities are available throughout Ramsey County.

This fall, Recreation Accessibility Consultants is developing recommendations which will phase the county’s corrective accessibility work at sites throughout the parks system for years to come. Community engagement is a vital part of this process.

Invitation

Do you or a family member have a disability?

As a part of this process, Ramsey County Parks & Recreation wants your opinions! We’ll ask questions like the ones below…

Should golf courses have a higher access priority than other sites?

Should ice arenas have a higher access priority than other sites?

Should trails have a higher access priority than other park assets, such as playgrounds?

Should the basics, like parking and park restrooms, have a higher access priority than other park assets?

How far away from your home and your nearest park are you willing to go to find an accessible park?

Should regional parks have a higher priority than local parks, or vice versa?

We also want your general opinions about Ramsey County Parks & Recreation priorities and preferences regarding park and facility access. Knowing your beliefs and perceptions will help us be good stewards of the parks for you.

When and Where?

Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will hold three meetings.

• Wednesday, November 18

6 – 8 p.m.

Vadnais Sports Center, 1490 County Road E East, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110

• Thursday, November 19

10:30 a.m. – noon

Battle Creek Community Recreation Center, 75 S Winthrop St, St Paul, MN 55119

• Thursday, November 19 6 – 8 p.m.

Goodrich Golf Course Clubhouse, 1820 North Van Dyke Street, Maplewood, MN 55109

Please Respond…

We sincerely hope you will join us to be part of this important discussion. Please RSVP to scott.yonke@co.ramsey.mn.us.

If you’re unable to attend:

Submit feedback through an online survey.

Learn more about the Parks & Recreation ADA transition plan.