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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Making TUBBS Hill Wheelchair Accessible? How many people do you think would enjoy it?

The city of Coeur d'Alene's Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending the city alter the east side of Tubbs Hill to make the popular hiking trail more accessible for people with disabilities.

The changes would improve wheelchair accessibility on the downtown hill. The plan calls for work on around 1,500 feet of trail beginning at the east side entrance near the marina. It would smooth the natural surface and decrease slope grades on portions of the trail from 15 percent grade, down to around 5 percent.  The work would maintain a minimum width on the trail of 48 inches.
Most of it already meets that standard, said Doug Eastwood, parks director. They could add some retaining walls to the very narrow areas.  Trail work would use native soil, he said, and could expand the trail in parts to implement turnouts for wheelchairs. 
Below is the link to the full story from the CDA Press:

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