Accessible Parks & Trails
The number of accessible parks and recreational activities in Dutchess County continues to grow with new spaces being added every year so that everyone can enjoy the outdoors.
Catch the Hudson Valley Renegades, the High A affiliate of the New York Yankees, take on teams from the South Atlantic League. In partnership with Curemark, Suite No. 8 has been designated as the Sensory Safe Suite. Redesigned to ensure a better game experience for families with children on the autism spectrum and with special needs. ADA parking and seating are available. ADA seats must be purchased over the phone or in person (not available online). Disability, Dream & Do (D3) and Dutchess County Government's ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative collaborate to host a baseball camp in partnership with Hudson Valley Renegades where participants have an opportunity to hit, throw, catch and run the bases with instruction from professional players regardless of anyone's abilities.
A universally accessible playground where children of all abilities can play together. For individuals with vision impairments, metal ramps on the playground equipment have raised edges all along the sides so those using a walking stick/mobility cane can feel for the edges and know their boundaries. Children can interact at the same height whether they are able to climb the ropes or not using a ramp alongside the Penta-Web climber. The AeroGlider has a unique stepping platform on both ends which allows up to 2 wheelchairs and even adults to join the swaying fun. Did you know that Julie's Jungle has a metal slide so that children with Cochlear implants can slide down without having to remove their device? A plastic slide causes static and can damage the implant. The 16,000 sq. ft. public park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Poughkeepsie entrances at 61 Parker Avenue and the waterfront elevator entrance at Upper Landing Park are ADA-compliant and accessible, with no stairs required giving easy access for all to the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge. Click here for elevator hours. Guided Tour Ambassadors are often onsite to help those who need additional assistance and wheelchairs are available if reserved in advance. For individuals that have mobility challenges or are unable to walk the 1.28 distance, an 11-passenger, wheelchair-accessible electric tram is available to help you across the bridge. A mobile audio tour that corresponds with the signage along the bridge is available in English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin Chinese.
The recently restored, packed stone-dust Woodland Trail at Stony Kill Farm is a perfect half-mile path for individuals in wheelchairs or who have limited mobility. An abundance of wildlife from woodpeckers to squirrels can be spotted. Open from Sunrise to sunset, and is open 365 days a year.
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