Greater Gig Harbor Foun
Community events, park, trail and beach clean-up projects, plays, festivals and other outdoor activities provide opportunities that encourage people to have fun, participate in their community, connect with each other, and contribute to the community’s strength. Sadly, many with disabilities cannot participate due terrain barriers of public spaces where such events are held. During work on a variety of community events in area parks and other outdoor spaces, people involved with the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation helped to identify barriers in area parks and other community spaces that prohibited the inclusion of persons with disabilities in a variety of community activities. Working with community partners as PenMet Parks, Peninsula Athletic Association, Key Pen Parks, the City of Gig Harbor, and other organizations, the Foundation is taking lead on the initiative to raise essential funding to acquire an ADA approved temporary surface, Mobi-Mat system, to provide universal access important to assuring the inclusion of all in a variety of community events and activities. The Mobi-Mat system, which will be available to all area organizations and agencies for use, is a portable and removable rollout pathway that will help create continuous walkways and equal access for all recreational users – including wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and pedestrians alike by providing access on unstable ground. This important initiative will facilitate the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of community life. The durable, 100% recycled and recyclable material, is an approved ADA temporary surface. It can be rolled out and staked in place for an event over grass, sand, gravel, snow and other rough terrain to allow wheelchairs and people with mobility issues to easily navigate, then rolled up and stored for future use. Accessing parks, beaches, and other public spaces is a real issue for people with disabilities. And, the cost of wheel chairs, walkers, and mobility scooters equipped for such terrains is prohibitive for most families, and causes damage to equipment which is both expensive and debilitating for those whose mobility is dependent on them. The National Organization on Disability, reports that 35% of Americans with disabilities say they are completely uninvolved in their communities – and we can change this! Access is a key first step to equal opportunity for meaningful participation! The GOAL: to raise $50,000 to purchase ADA compliant temporary Mobi-Mat surfacing for use by all greater Gig Harbor & Key Peninsula organizations and agencies.