FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- As Fort Wayne increasingly becomes a popular destination in the summer months, visitors of all capabilities now have a resource to find accessible-friendly places in the Summit City. The Fort Wayne Accessibility landing page launched Thursday.
"We want everybody who visits Fort Wayne whether abled or disabled to enjoy all of the experiences of our attractions," said Visit Fort Wayne President/CEO Dan O'Connell.
O'Connell says the process of putting together the project took months. Visit Fort Wayne formed an advisory committee for the website with experts from AWS Foundation, Turnstone, The League, Autism Society of Indiana, Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, City of Fort Wayne, Indiana ABA Institute and Fort Wayne Parks Department.
"We worked with a coalition of partners who helped put this together. All coming together to ask questions of our attraction so that we can answer correctly what disabled patrons might want to have for services and needs. "
The website features parks, outdoor activities attractions and information about specific accessible features It also includes community resources, news and relevant events.
"The people have taught us that there's things about children who are sensitive to noise that have to be dealt with at some of our attractions, people who are blind, people have physical disabilities and more and more people these days are aging. That impacts accessibility," said O'Connell.
One of the places featured on the website is Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground inside Kreager Park. The playground offers accessible ramps and walkways, a splash pad, picnic pavilion and accessible parking.
O'Connell says the page is the first step in a larger effort to provide a detailed guide to visitors and residents.
"If people see certain needs or information that they say is not addressed, please contact us. We want to make it a useful resource guide for visitors as well as resident."