Project 31: Disability Access Improvements

Project Statement

The purpose of this Project is to provide funding for the purchase and installation of equipment for improvements to Athens-Clarke County facilities and traffic control systems to better assist people with disabilities. Improvements may include the purchase and installation of audible signals at the pedestrian crosswalks, Leisure Services facility improvements such as pool lifts and wheelchair accessible picnic tables and grills, equipment at ACC owned facilities for people with hearing impairments, etc.

Project Update

The project has included various improvements at multiple locations in Athens-Clarke County as follows:

  • Audible pedestrian signal buttons were installed at the intersection of Gaines School Road and College Station Road and along the Gaines School Road corridor to help aide the visually impaired.
  • Wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and grills have been installed at two picnic shelters in Memorial Park and two picnic shelters in Sandy Creek Park.
  • Pool lifts were purchased and are available for use at Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, Memorial Park, and Rocksprings Park pools.
  • A portable personal listening device system was purchased to help aide the listening impaired during Athens-Clarke County Unified Government events.
  •  Parking lot improvements were completed at Memorial Park Quinn Hall to provide additional Handicap parking and a new access ramp to the facility.
  •  Handicap ramps were installed to improve entrance capability at several ACC facilities.

Key Project Statistics

  • Contractor: Structural Resources
  • Sponsor: Leisure Services
  • Project Manager: Derek Doster
  • Original SPLOST Budget: $131,920
  • Total Cost: $131,920
  • Completion Date: 2015