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Florida’s only fully wheelchair-accessible park reopens with a ribbon-cutting

Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 4:46 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAP NEWS/WCJB ) - State officials cut the ribbon for the reopening of Florida’s only fully wheelchair-accessible park.

William J. Rish Park in Gulf County shut down after Hurricane Michael hit in October 2018.

The park was initially under the control of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

It was transferred to the State Park System after advocates voiced frustration with the long closure.

Department of Environmental Protection secretary Shawn Hamilton says work on the park will continue.

“Stand by, be prepared, be prepared to be amazed as we take pride in creating that barrier-free accessibility to this wonderful creation that we all enjoy,” said Hamilton.

Both the day-use and overnight facilities at the park are open to anyone with disabilities or special needs, as well as their caretakers, guardians, and family members.

Service animals are also welcome.

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