Friends Receive Grant to Improve Accessibility

Posted on: December 25th, 2016

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes (Friends) has received a grant for $17,500 from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to assess trails and beaches at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

About 20% of Americans have a disability that limits their use of trails or beaches. Assessment and subsequent improvement of trails and beaches will allow more Park visitors to experience dune, woodland, and wetland habitats and our Lake Michigan and inland lakes. The Friends will¬†have volunteers working with an expert in accessibility assessment to evaluate trails and beaches and make recommendations. We will also partner with the Disabilities Network of Northern Michigan and Northern Michigan Adaptive Sports and Recreation to bring individuals with disabilities and their families to attend “Beaches and Trails for Everyone” open house events to showcase newly enhanced accessibility features of the Park. This work will be done in 2017-2018.

If you are interested in being part of this project, click here to send us an e-mail to get on this team.