California State Parks Accessibility Guidelines (2015)


Latest version of California State Parks Accessibility Guidelines (2015) 

NOTE: Document currently unavailable due to pending revisions. Archival copy available by emailing California State Parks using download link.


Investigating Access to Natural Places for People with Disabilities


Dr. Helen Smith is a Churchill Fellow from Australia who travelled the globe to explore different approaches to inclusion and access for people with disabilities. 


“To assist more people access, explore and enjoy natural places in Australia – Canada, UK, Finland, Germany, Switzerland” 


Park Accessibility Evaluation Manual

Operations Manual/Guidelines

“We see National Parks as a key pillar in the developing market of Accessible Tourism and as a critical element of the health and wellbeing of the world’s population regardless of an individual’s ability. 70% of tourists visit a National Park as part of their vacation.

We have worked with Parks Victoria to develop the Park Accessibility Evaluation Manual. It is our aim to create a network of park accessibility specialists to champion creating a range of inclusive outdoor experiences to cater for people of all abilities and also embrace the growing range of outdoor accessibility equipment.

Our mission is to be agents of change; to inspire people who have never traveled before to do so, and to inspire others to do more. To encourage all cultures of the world to see disability as an integral part of life, and to provide the motivation and tools to the tourism industry to allow them to create accessible environments that enable inclusion in an economically sustainable way.

This manual is made available to park managers for reference and as a guide for modifying or creating new open spaces. The manual is not to be made available from any other site or to be used for commercial purposes.”


Connecting Canadians to Nature

Our national, provincial and territorial parks play an important role in connecting Canadians to nature, pro- viding unparalleled natural classrooms and playgrounds for Canadians of all ages. As hosts to natural areas of exceptional beauty, and with a mandate and expertise to reach the public and set them on a path to discover and experience nature, Canadian park agencies are passionately committed to connecting all Canadians with nature. We see this as a fundamental priority and critical investment in both this generation and generations to come. Connecting Canadians with nature is an essential investment in Canada’s long-term prosperity.

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No one sector or level of government alone can ensure that Canadians benefit from contact with nature. We need collaboration across a wide range of interests — from educators to health care professionals to urban planners and beyond – to forge new bonds between Canadians and nature. Only in working together can we nurture healthy lifestyles, support strong, vibrant communities, and provide our children with the best future we possibly can.

Federal, provincial and territorial park agencies in Canada, working through the Canadian Parks Council, have prepared “Connecting Canadians with Nature — An Investment in the Well-Being of our Citizens”, a report synthesizing the growing evidence related to the benefits of connecting Canadians with nature. 


Alberta Parks Inclusion Plan

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Everyone Belongs Outside

Alberta’s parks are important to our quality of life and we are committed to making parks more accessible and inclusive so that everyone benefits from outdoor recreation and spending time in nature.  A priority of the Plan for Parks is to implement a province-wide inclusion plan to enhance visitor experiences. Everyone Belongs Outside: Alberta Parks Inclusion Plan was released in response. Alberta Parks has been working on ensuring facilities and programs are designed so that everyone’s needs are considered regardless of age, ability or disability, economic standing or other factors. 

Goals of Everyone Belongs Outside:

Improving Access: Accessibility means identifying and removing barriers through design, auditing parks and training for Alberta Parks staff. The primary goal here is to find ways to improve access in sites and experiences across Alberta’s network of parks.

Inviting Participation: It takes time to develop relationships. Moving beyond access and inviting participation requires an open mind, time and patience.

Increasing Capacity: Capacity building strategies will build the programs we have and provide opportunities to collaborate. Removing barriers and increasing capacity means more people can benefit from connecting to the natural world.

Parks for All/Des parcs pour tous

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