New Horizons Un-Limited: 2008 Press Release - Open House/Dedications for Two New Fully Accessible Cabins in Wisconsin State Parks

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Announcements and Features: Press Releases: 2008

Open House/Dedications for Two New Fully Accessible Cabins in Wisconsin State Parks


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:
New Horizons Un-Limited
P.O. Box 510034
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Email:
horizons@new-horizons.org


New Horizons Un-Limited collaborated with Miller Engineering Inc., Strass-Maguire and Associates Inc., architects, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Parks, the Richard Bong State Recreation Area, and the Kiwanis of Westosha-Salem to coordinate accessibility issues and design with the State of Wisconsin for two new accessible cabins for people with disabilities.

The accessible cabins feature numerous accessible amenities, ensuring that all people with disabilities can freely use the cabin and the park's amenities without fear of hidden barriers. Features include a fully accessible bathroom and kitchen and an accessible sleeping porch. All rooms will be large enough to allow for people in wheelchairs to move freely about the cabin from the entrance ramps, doorways, undercounter space and the roll-in shower. Furthermore, all fixtures and controls will be accessible, including the faucets, toilet, door and cabinet handles and light switches.


New Horizons Un-Limited Invites You! - Accessible Cabins Dedications and Openings - Wisconsin State Parks - April 2008

The following newly constructed Accessible Cabins will be free and open to the public for their Open House. For each Open House, check in at their Park Office, let them know you are there for the Accessible Cabin Open House and they will grant you a day pass. Tour the new accessible cabins! Explore the new accessible paths! Join us for the dedications and refreshments!


If there are more than 30 people in your party, please rvsp the individual State Park listed below before their Open House. Be sure to dress appropriate for the state park and the weather, as activities will be outdoors and grounds can be wet in April.


April 12, 2008 - Open House/Dedication for Wisconsin's 7th Fully Accessible Cabin - for Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Road
Kansasville, Wisconsin (262) 878-5600

10am Dedication at the Amphitheater, If it rains -Molinaro Nature Center
11am - Shelter #3 for Food & Music
- Shuttle to Cabin in groups of 20

The Richard Bong State Recreation Area near Burlington Wisconsin is planning their Open House/Dedication Program for Wisconsin's 7th Fully Accessible Cabin. This cabin has been built within the Sunset Campground of Richard Bong State Recreational Area which is approximately 6 miles east from Burlington and 41 miles southwest of Milwaukee in Kenosha County. The Richard Bong State Recreation Area, although "located in the most populated part of Wisconsin feels like you are out in the middle of no-where." "A recreation area differs from a state park or forest in that it offers additional activities not traditionally found in state parks. The park, which already includes the following accessible features: an urban fishing pond, three hunting blinds, an observation platform at the wildlife refuge, five accessible campsites, and accessible picnic tables, buildings and most shelters," is an ideal location for an accessible cabin. To find out more about this project, and see the cabin as it is was built, visit the Westosha-Salem Kiwanis Cabin for Disabled website at http://www.kcabin.org or call John R. Meyer, Richard Bong State Recreation Area at (262)-878-5606.


April 25, 2008 - Open House/Dedication for for Wisconsin's 6th Fully Accessible Cabin - for J.M.Kohler-Terry Andrae State Parks

Kohler-Andrae State Parks
1020 Beach Park Lane
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
(920) 421-4082

1-3 pm - Cabin Open House
3 pm - Dedication at Cabin
3:30-4:30 pm - Social, Refreshments Sanderling Nature Center

The J.M. Kohler- Terry Andrae State Parks is planning their Open House/Dedication Program for Wisconsin's 6th Fully Accessible Cabin along Lake Michigan in Sheboygan County. The cabin, which would be Wisconsin's State Parks 6th fully accessible cabin for people with disabilities and their families, has been built within the family campground of Kohler-Andrae State Parks by Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park. Kohler-Andrae State Park "is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore and is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone." The park, which already features a specially designed campsite, rest room and shower facility for campers with physical disabilities, is an ideal location for an accessible cabin. To find out more about this project, please contact Fran Grandlic, President of Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park, at (920) 451-4080.

If you are interested in information about the Accessible Cabin projects, do not hesitate to contact New Horizons Un-Limited at horizons@new-horizons.org


Besides these two most recent cabins, the DNR accessible cabin sites at the five other state parks include:
Buckhorn State Park - (Necedah, WI)
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit (Eagle, WI)
Mirror Lake State Park - (Baraboo, WI)
Potawatomi State Park - (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
High Cliff State Park - on Lake Winnebago (Appleton, WI)

Information on staying at an accessible "Cabin in the Woods" is available on the DNR website.

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