Federal directive challenges parks with increased access for disabled

Author: 
MISHA PATEL
Date: 
08/12/2011
Source: 
northjersey.com

The new federal directive has a progressive goal: giving “mobility disabled” residents a better chance to enjoy public parklands by letting them use motorized vehicles on trails.

But those seemingly simple changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act have New Jersey and county parklands staff scrambling to assess thousands of miles of trails. And they’re rubbing up against the state’s ban on motorized vehicles in environmentally sensitive lands.