Skate Park Is Town's Third Accessibility Blunder
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 19, 2005
MARSHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS--The small Cape Cod town of Marshfield has a brand new skate park.
By most accounts it's quite the attraction, with a playground and a 400-seat amphitheater for plays, concerts, and movies.
It's a great place to socialize or attend events.
Great, that is, unless if you use a wheelchair.
State officials recently notified the city that their new $150,000 skate park is not wheelchair accessible, and could cost up to $75,000 to make it so. The state could impose a $1,000 fine for each day the park is not accessible past a September 1 deadline.
"I find this very disconcerting,'' said state Architectural Access Board member and director of the Massachusetts Office on Disability Myra Berloff.
"(The park) seems to be a lovely place. It's a place where the community gathers," she told the Patriot Ledger. "I understand that these are errors, but I am inclined to say that until it is open to everyone, it is open to no one.''
This is the third time in two years that Marshfield has had to deal with fines or added costs for constructing a public recreational facility -- mostly with volunteer labor -- while failing to consider accessibility.
"Skate park takes tumble over access: Handicap issues could cost town" (Patriot Ledger)
"Skate park told comply or close" (Patriot Ledger)