Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 42
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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5D --June 20, 1976 Sunday Gazette-Mai/ Charlesfon, West Virginia Outdoor Recreations Off Limits to Some There are many people, including several thousand in West Virginia, who will never know the enjoyment of wading a trout stream or stalking a deer or wild turkey. These are handicapped people, most of whom are confined to wheelchairs. The outdoor recreations that physically sound people take for granted aren't available to them, except perhaps on a limited basis. West Virginia is ahead of many states in making recreational opportunities available to handicapped people, although more could and should be done. Among facilities that have been provided are a fishing pier at Coopers Rock State Forest, access to the Cranberry Visitors Center on the Monongahela National Forest, a braile trail at Blue Bend Recreation Area and special rooms for the handicapped at the unfinished Canaan Valley State Park lodge. In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers is building a fishing platform for the handicapped at Battle Run Campground at Summersville Lake. This facility is expected to be completed in about a month. The Corps has also made shower and restroom facilities at Battle Run available to the handicapped, as are similar facilities at Bakers Run and Kanawha Run Campgrounds at Sutton Lake. A visitors center under construction below Bluestone Dam will also accommodate the handicapped. * * * ALTHOUGH NOT of a recreational nature, some of the best work to aid the handicapped has been done by Charleston Mayor John Hutchinson and his staff. Approximately 130 sloping sidewalk curbs have been installed downtown for wheelchair pedestrians, and planning is under way for ramps at the Civic Center. The Kanawha River through Charleston and elsewhere is largely inaccessible to the handicapped, however. The Coopers Rock project was a joint venture of the Izaak Walton League and the Department of Natural Resources, with help from the West Virginia Rehabilitation Assn.'s structural barriers committee, the Governor's Manpower Program and the Governor's Summer Youth Program. Initiator of the Coopers Rock project was Frank Young of Summersville, a draftsman for the Department of Highways. Young is confined to a wheelchair but is still an avid hunter and fisherman. Young also approached the Corps of Engineers about the Summersville facility and found the Corps very receptive. The Corps proceeded with this work on its own, using its own funds. "Such projects aren't necessarily for the "hard core" hunters and fishermen among the handicapped as they are to encourage others to get out and do things without feeling they're being a bother to someone." Young said. Young believes handicapped people will find a way to hunt and fish, if they have the desire. "The problem with hunting,'' he said, "is finding level ground. If you hunt, it's best to do it with companions." * * * THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE has made its Cranberry Visitors Center on W.Va. 39 east of Richwood accessible, along with the 2,800-foot Cranberry Glades boardwalk. Another major effort by the Forest Service was construction of the braile trail last summer at Blue Bend in Greenbrier.. County. Lions Clubs around the state gave financial assistance to this project. Unfortunately, vandals almost destroyed the trail last year, but there have been no further acts of vandalism so far this year. State wildlife resources chief Dan Cantner said he is eyeing the possibility of putting in access for the handicapped at state hunting and fishing areas, particularly fishing impoundments. Since 1974, any facility constructed for public use in West Virginia must be made accessible to the handicapped, but no public hunting and fishing areas are new enough to have come under this requirement. There are undoubtedly several places around the statre where access to fishing streams could be provided. For example. Tea Creek Bridge on Williams River is a possibility, as is the low water bridge over the Greenbrier River at Seebert. Bob Guthrie, president of the Monongalia County chapter of the Izaak Walton League, said his chapter is hoping to develop a fishing pier for the handicapped on Big Sandy Creek at Bruceton Mills in Preston County. The DNR's parks division has set aside special rooms for the handicapped at the Canaan Valley State Park lodge, which is still under construction. Facilities will also be provided for wheelchair guests to go from the parking lot to the swimming pool. Ramps and elevators are available at Pipestem State Park, and guest rooms at Twin Falls and Tygart Parks are at ground-floor level and therefore accessible. We're including access for the handicapped in planning at all our new facilities," said a parks spokesman, "and we recognize the need to make older facilities available where possible." LEADING THE organized effort to open doors for the handicapped are the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of state government and the West Virginia Rehabilitation Assn., an independent association dedicated to bringing about benefits for the handicapped. JeiTy Tribble, client service supervisor for Vocational Rehabilitation and a member of the rehabilitation association, has chaired the latter's structural barriers committee for the past three years and points out that most problems handicapped people face are man-made. "There are .handicapped people who have never usj a pay phone, for example," he said,*w a drinking fountain," ' By Skip Johnso Tribble said the goal of the structural barriers committee is to make facilities available to the handicapped that most of us take for granted every day. Tribble pointed out that most roadside facilities along highways are not accessible to the handicapped. John Farley, director of rehabilitation services for the Workmen's Compensation Dept., put it this way: "There's a sign at the rest area on 1-79 nearFrametown that says "no facilities." As far as the handicapped are concerned, that sign could be put on most facilities everywhere." Farley, who must use crutches to walk because of an old leg injury, still manages to fish on Williams and other equally rugged streams. Once he scrambled up a bank on Williams and met another angler who looked unbelievingly at Farley's crutches and at the bank he had just negotiated. 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