The outdoors is for everyone!
But it's hard to guarantee a place and an experience for everyone when the designated accessible trail is deteriorating and hard to use.
The Friends of Cook Forest, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, are raising money to rebuild a deteriorating existing paved trail for people with disabilities and the aged. During this COVID lockdown, Pennsylvania's state parks are experiencing a record-breaking public use of their outdoor trails, with accompanying related costs.
But why stop with merely repairing a trail when we can meet more needs and make even more people happy in the outdoors with some upgrades? The "bench" pictured above is neither comfortable nor safe.
We would like to include new seating, Braille and raised line signs, and a way-finding guide wire. With these improvements, the elderly, wheelchair or walker users, and people who are blind can have access to beautiful Cook Forest State Park just like everybody else.
We are well on our way to making this trail a reality! We have already raised $4,000 toward this project but we still need $5,000 for the signs with raised line English and Braille, the way-finding wire, and ADA accessible seating.
With your generous support, people with disabilities and the elderly can have a safe outdoor experience and a respite from the COVID quarantine. If we raise more than we need for the project, and any additional funds raised will be set aside in a fund to maintain the trail.
Thank you for your support!