The Smith Park Advisory Council, (SPAC) would like to thank the Chicago Park District for installing the new ADA accessible doors for people in wheel chairs and disabilities.
SPAC has been at the forefront to ensure that Smith Park services everyone in the community.
SPAC president David R. Ramos stated, “Smith Park’s doors are wide open, literally”. Mr. Ramos and the advisory council have been lobbying the Chicago Park District to install much needed ADA doors to allow people with wheel chairs and other disabilities to enter Smith Park without struggling to get in.
Thanks to the Chicago Park District with the support of Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly, his staff – Operations Chief Patrick Levar, PAC Liaison Maria Stone, and Disability Policy Officer Larry Labiak for assisting us in having these new doors installed at the park.
Door Specifications. ADA-compliant doors they are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. The law calls for entryways to be at least 32 inches wide, as measured between the door’s face and the opposite doorstop when the door is open 90 degrees. Clearance around doors must be 36 inches.
Larry Labiak has been in the driver seat to ensure anyone with physical disabilities are able to utilize all the parks in the City of Chicago. He is wonderful to work with and we are looking forward to working very closely with Larry to bring new programs to Smith Park for everyone to enjoy.
The Chicago Park District strives to ensure that information about accessibility in the parks is readily available to patrons with disabilities and their families. Toward that goal, we invite you to share your thoughts and opinions by completing a brief survey regarding accessibility information at the Chicago Park District, please click here: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/departments/administration/disability-policy-office/