Smith Rock Campground Adds ADA Sites
September 23, 2018
Volunteers from the 2018 American Alpine Club Craggin’ Classic event last weekend and Park staff installed three new ADA accessible camp sites in the Bivy Campground for people with disabilities. Making the park more inclusive to more people is a future focus for the park.
Smith Rock doesn't have any "official" ADA accessible routes or amenities. While the restrooms are considered ADA, the trails are not. And they haven’t had any official ADA campsites up to this point. Federal ADA law requires facilities to upgrade and integrate ADA compliant parking, sites, trails and amenities wherever possible. The number of required ADA campsites is based on the total amount of campsites.
As the Bivy is dispersed camping (walk-in, not designated spots) the calculation for the number of ADA spots was based this number off the total amount of parking spaces. As the campground has between 76-100 parking spaces, the park’s goal to be federally compliant is to have a total of 5 ADA sites. These sites must be comparable and integrated into other regular available sites which is why they have been spread out to include one along the rim. The tent pads are all 18'x18' compacted gravel to allow those with mobility issues easier access. They will be signed "Reserved for those with ADA needs until after 7:00 PM."
In addition, park management will designate ADA parking spaces and ensure the connecting accessible routes/trails are at least 60" wide. The parking lot will also have 3 wheelchair accessible parking spaces (to start) that will also be signed as such.
Finally, the park is working with their mapping department to create a new campground map that will include ADA sites, parking and other ADA accessible amenities. The park will monitor the use since the introduction of the three sites, and may add additional sites in the future.
Thanks Smith Rock State Park management team! You’ve made space for some very happy campers.