Thanks to a grant from our 50th Anniversary Fund, the Harris Center is about to become more accessible.
This fall, automatic door openers will be installed in the entranceway to the Harris Center building, making it possible for people who use wheelchairs or walkers to enter the building unassisted. An automatic door opener will also be installed in the wheelchair-accessible bathroom in the building, allowing for people with mobility challenges to get in and out of the bathroom on their own and with a greater sense of dignity. Two brand-new wheelchairs have been donated to the Harris Center for public use, as well.
Soon, a ramp will provide access to this stone patio — a popular spot for birding and for enjoying the beauty of the pollinator garden. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)
A new hardpack ramp will improve access to the "frog pond" area on the lower lawn. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)
Additionally, an American Disabilities Act consultant has been hired to design a plan for improving accessibility in a few key areas of the Harris Center grounds. This plan will include ramps for access to the stone patio adjacent to the pollinator garden, with views of the garden as well as the meadow, which is a great place for birding. The plan will also include a ramp to the lower lawn “frog pond” area, where outdoor events are often held. Currently, the grade of the slope down to this section of lawn is imprudent or impossible for people to navigate if they have mobility issues.
We need help! It is anticipated that the physical work required to create the outdoor ramps will largely be done with the help of volunteers. Anyone willing to wield a shovel or swing a hammer is highly encouraged to contact us for more information. We hope to complete the bulk of the project before the snow flies. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lisa Murray at (603) 525-3394 or by email.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lisa Murray at (603) 525-3394 or by email.