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City of Mt. Pleasant continues commitment to accessibility with addition of trail audio tour

March 18, 2014 – The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Parks and Recreation Department has added another level of accessibility to the City's parks through the installation of an audio tour.

The audio tour is the newest addition to Chipp-A-Waters Park's Access Adventure Trail. Visitors can access the guide along the trail by scanning their smartphones with any of the nine specially designed signs.

"This tour is designed to provide access to the park for people of all abilities,” said Chris Bundy, director of parks and public spaces. “Those who are visually impaired can still learn about and enjoy the park.”

The tour talks about the plants, animals, river bed and forest life of the park. It also is available through the City's website.

"People who are nervous about going new places can also listen to the tour online at our website and then feel more comfortable coming to the park," said Bundy.

The signs were designed to allow information to be updated or changed. Future updates may included seasonal, fitness or historical guide information.  

The overall cost of the project was approximately $4,500. The project was funded through a grant awarded to the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation via Midwest Community Foundations’ Ventures.

Chipp-A-Waters Park was chosen for this project because of its unique location and connection to the Chippewa River.  

The audio guide can be accessed online here.

About the Access Adventure Trail
The Access Adventure Trail, which opened in 2010, is a universally-accessible trail through Chipp‐A‐Waters Park joining to a trail leading through five city parks. The paved trail is 10-feet wide and includes an 8-foot by 150-foot pedestrian bridge that crosses the Chippewa River, which includes a scenic turnout where visitors can view both sides of the Chippewa River at wheelchair height through 4-foot by 4-foot glass panels integrated into the bridge. An upland trail loop provides access to natural areas, and the trail also features universally-accessible scenic turnouts and fixed viewing scopes.