Why do we need wheelchair access to the river?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that ANY new projects undertaken by state or local governments are to be accessible (28 CFR 35.151 New Construction and Alterations). Because this is a new project and accessibility can be provided, it must be provided. Grant funding from the state also requires accessibility within the project area.
People with mobility challenges, or those pushing wheelchairs or strollers, want - and deserve - to enjoy the same recreational opportunities as everyone else. Universal design concepts for the new path, overlook, and access to the water’s edge will give everyone, to the greatest extent possible, the opportunity to enjoy the Milwaukee River at Kletzsch Park.