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Glen Helen Association wants to improve trail accessibility at nature preserve

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The preserve has 125,000 guests a yr, 15 miles of trails and is the primary residential environmental studying facility within the Midwest and Ohio’s first facility for schooling and rehabilitation of birds of prey, its software said.

“For wheelchair riders, senior citizens, parents with small children, and many others, the scenic and historical resources of Glen Helen are out of reach,” the affiliation said in its software. “The COVID pandemic highlighted the need for, and importance of, more access to natural areas like Glen Helen. Not only do those with limited mobility deserve the opportunity to access nature, state and community groups are asking for this access. … Through our accessible trails project, we can welcome visitors with limited mobility who will gain improved access to the preserve’s trail system.”

The accessibility mission targets are to:

  • Improve accessibility at all factors
  • Designate an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant trail
  • Construct new ADA-compliant parking space off state Route 343
  • Improve parking areas at Corry Street and the Raptor Center to make it ADA-compliant
  • Install ramps to present entry to the Yellow Spring and Birch Creek Cascades
  • Install or replace bridges and boardwalks all through the preserve
  • Develop maps and signage to label accessibility boundaries.