Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Improving access to parks and public areas for people with disabilities

As part of President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) works to increase public enjoyment and recreational use of federal lands. FICOR is also finding ways to improve access to our parks, refuges, and other public lands and shores for persons with disabilities. Read about the Access Pass, a free, lifetime pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites.

The Access Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Note: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.

At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).

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