Making a path for handicapped accessible people on trails


PUBLIC PARKS should be just that: parkland held in public trust, for all members of the public to enjoy. Such preserves have been called the nation's "best idea," a uniquely American expression of the democratic values that guide and bind us.

We have fallen short of those values when it comes to citizens with disabilities, whose physical limitations or mobility needs have shut them out of millions of preserved acres. A robust update to the Americans with Disabilities Act can do much to right that wrong, since the act now requires that pedestrian trails throughout public parks be accessible to all.

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