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10/15/2020 | Press release | Archived content

Ozark National Scenic Riverways seeks public input on draft accessibility self-evaluation and transition plan

News Release Date:
October 15, 2020

Contact:Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814

VAN BUREN, MO - Ozark National Scenic Riverways is seeking public input on the park's draft Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. Public participation is an important part of the planning process and will help Ozark National Scenic Riverways become more accessible for all visitors.

An interdisciplinary team of planners, facility specialists, and landscape architects produced the plan to help Ozark National Scenic Riverways improve park-wide accessibility. In creating the plan, the team identified the key experiences that every visitor, regardless of their ability, should be able to have at the park. This helped set the stage for identifying and prioritizing where key experiences could be found. After performing the assessment, the team developed strategies and solutions to address accessibility barriers. The final plan will guide changes to the way existing services, activities, and programs are provided to increase accessibility for all users.

The draft Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan will be available online for public review and comment beginning on October 20, 2020 at Comments must be received no later than November 19, 2020. Comments may be submitted online or will be accepted through the mail to:

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Attn: SETP comments

P. O. Box 490

Van Buren, Missouri 63965

When commenting, please consider these questions:

• Does the plan capture the accessibility barriers present in the park?

• Are the recommended solutions appropriate and comprehensive?

The National Park Service values your interest in Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and we look forward to your participation in this planning process. For more information, contact Dena Matteson at (573) 323-4814 or [email protected] Please visit the park's website at or our Facebook page for further updates.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves 134 miles of the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

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