The Tennessee State Parks ADA team has partnered with Tucker’s House to help make our parks more accessible for visitors with disabilities. The ADA team is committed to making our parks more inclusive and it is an honor for Tucker’s House to be partnering with them for this purpose.
Our initial meeting was conducted at Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville, Tenn. Tucker’s House invited various families in the area to experience the park and provide feedback on how to make the park more accessible to persons with disabilities. The feedback provided at this and future meetings will help create policies and procedures for improved accessibility infrastructure throughout all the state parks across Tennessee. It helped that it was also a beautiful fall day! We even got to see the resident bald eagle.
The plans discussed in the meetings included items for day use including parking, restroom facilities, changing tables, and how to make walking and hiking paths more accessible. It also included discussion around overnight use and how to make the parks with lodging more friendly, supportive, and accessible. It was a great discussion that provided many insights and takeaways.
It is great to see that our Tennessee State Parks are taking a hard look at their facilities to continue to make their facilities places that can be enjoyed by everyone. We at Tucker’s House are honored to be a part of this initiative and look forward to seeing the positive changes that come out of these meetings.
We consider it a privilege to be a part of stories like these and to help provide dignity and inclusion for children and young adults in our community. We have a core belief that every child should feel at home and this drives us in everything we do.
Tucker’s House is a 501(c)3 non-profit in Middle Tennessee that serves families who have children or young adults with disabilities by making their homes safer and more accessible. We receive no state or federal funding and our ability to perform services depends on the support of our Middle Tennessee community. The average cost of a project is $15,000 and your continued support goes to help families have safe and accessible homes.
Graham Honeycutt, Executive Director of Tucker’s House, to learn more or to donate visit www.tuckershouse.org.