National Park Service looks to improve accessibility for Jefferson Memorial

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service wants public input on a plan that could create better visitor experiences at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. 

After recognizing various barriers to accessibility at the memorial, the park service is looking to “improve physical, interpretive and programmatic accessibility” for visitors who may have cognitive, sensory or mobility disabilities, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Those interested in the project can attend a meeting at the American Association of People with Disabilities office at 2013 H St. NW on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. That’s where park service officials will have a presentation about the plan and answer questions.

Some of the barriers to accessibility the proposed project aims to address are the car parking and bus drop-off, the layout of walkways and sidewalks, the means of accessing the chamber level of the memorial, and the lack of accessible exhibit design, the park service said.

Find more details about the project and the meeting at the National Park Service’s website.

Comments can also be submitted online through Dec. 1. Or, post comments to this address, also through Dec. 1:

Acting Superintendent Cassius Cash
National Mall and Memorial Parks
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
ATTN: Jefferson Memorial Accessibility

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