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Consider needs of disabled

I was awed by “The Big Dig” in the Feb. 7 Spokesman-Review; a well-written article on the Spokane Falls’ south bank combined stormwater overflow tank.

Certainly, lack of access for those with mobility issues has been a bad design for accessing adjacent Huntington Park. Indeed, no access for people with wheelchairs, crutches or strollers from the above City Hall Plaza. But there might be an answer. It was reported the planned new plaza will also serve as a trailhead for a pedestrian trail that would extent to west to Glover Field. How about extending it to Huntington Park?

The planned trailhead is superbly ideal, but the distance of travel, design of slopes and safety will need to be carefully considered. And the parking at Glover Field is not accessible because it is not marked and is situated on steep ground.

It is time for the city of Spokane planners to become open-minded, creative and sensitive to the need of our people with disabilities in our great community, the “City of Choice.”

Larry Gorton



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