Two paved loops will provide access for all abilities
We are excited to share the good news that the Westerly Recreation Department is preparing to open its first ADA-compliant trail encircling the Westerly Land Trust’s Bradford Preserve at 185 Bradford Road.
Two loops around the field, each 6-feet wide, will include 18 ADA-compliant benches that will be spaced 200 feet apart to meet ADA requirements for such a trail, according to Julia Beasley, Director of Westerly Recreation Department. The two loop trails are expected to be ready for use by early November.
“This is a wonderful example of how a town can make its facilities more inclusive and welcoming for those residents with disabilities,” said Olean Center Executive Director Ruth Tureckova. “This adds to our opportunities for outdoor activities and gives our participants a chance to watch a lacrosse game too! I’m so excited about the possibilities.”
Beasley said her predecessor, Paul Duffy, initiated the project. Duffy applied for $70,800 from the 2021 state Department of Environmental Management’s Open Space grant program. The Town Council approved $17,700 in town funding to help cover engineering costs and maintenance.
“Town Engineer Kyle Zalaski worked hard to meet the slope and pitch requirements that an ADA trail has to meet,” said Beasley.
Landscaping will be added along the road to serve as a buffer, and the parking area will need to be upgraded to meet ADA standards.
The Recreation Department has started a fundraising project is underway to pay for the ADA-compliant benches, which will cost $750 each.