Celebrating Access for All

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Access for All  is our commitment to provide inclusive experiences to every park visitor. To further develop our inclusive culture, the Florida Park Service launched the Access for All  campaign in July. This statewide, year-long campaign celebrates programmatic access and encourages park visitors to enjoy the many accessible amenities offered at our parks.

Each month, five Florida State Parks will be featured in the celebration. Look for celebratory display banners and posters in the parks, and notice the Access for All  uniform pin worn by park staff. Feel free to ask a Park Ranger wearing the pin about the accessible amenities offered at his or her park.

In partnership with the Access for All  campaign, the Friends of Florida State Parks, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Florida Park Service, has launched a $1 million campaign to increase accessibility at individual state parks. The campaign features a "1M Wish List" that details specific accessible amenities that parks have requested. Contributions to this wish list give parks the opportunity to provide unprecedented resource-based recreational experiences to visitors.

This page is meant to highlight the ongoing celebrations and successes taking place at our parks, but we encourage you to visit our parks and join the fun yourself. Check out individual parks' accessible amenities before you go, and visit our social media sites (links provided at the footer of this page) to keep up with current events.


2018 President of the Florida State Parks Foundation, Paula Russo, riding in new Track Chair

Posted: 5/9/2018 By: Florida State Parks

Jonathan Dickinson State Park has finally completed a successful fundraising campaign through the efforts of the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  They now have what has been long anticipated; their own All-Terrain Action Trackchair.

Recently, the President...

Park Ranger showing a Blind Child how to use a Fire Hose

Posted: 5/1/2018 | By: Florida Park Service

Last month, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park collaborated with the Florida Department of Education: Division of Blind Services to create an experience that engaged children on all senses. The park arranged several special presentations and brought Florida and its...

Posted: 12/14/2017 | By: Florida Park Service

This past Veteran’s Day, Jerry Morris and his family visited Anastasia State Park to spend a day at the beach. Jerry is a combat veteran who was badly injured in the line of duty and has since had difficulty with mobility. When his family arrived at the park, the...

Mermaid Camp picture of Angelina

Posted: 1/24/2017 | By: Florida Park Service

10-year-old Angelina from Washington State has dreamed her entire life of becoming a mermaid. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park made that dream come true! Angelina traveled over 2000 miles to attend the 2016 Junior Mermaid Camp where she and seven other kids became junior...

Volunteer using Mobility Device in Accessible Observatory

Posted: 1/13/2017 | By: Florida Park Service

Typically, birding platforms are stationary and require visitors to climb steps to access views. Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park has begun adding accessible birding platforms. The new accessible platforms are equipped with a ramp leading up to a 5x5 foot deck and...

Posted: 1/10/2017 | By: Florida Park Service

Will Sierra visited Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park following his C4-5 spinal cord injury. In a recent blog post titled “Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park", Sierra describes his boat ride down Pepper Creek. When describing the accessible...

Visitor in Wheelchair

Posted: 12/2/2016 | By: Natasha Warraich

While camping at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, a couple requested a wheelchair to experience all the park had to offer, especially the nature trails. Having the ability to experience the park free from limitations or boundaries created an...

Visitor Surfing

Posted: 12/2/2016 | By: Park Services Specialist Allison Conboy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Saturday, August 6th, Little Talbot State Park had the honor of hosting the Special Olympics Florida surfing competition. County teams from across the state gathered to compete for Gold as conditions came together for a great day...

Volunteer with French Visitor

Posted: 9/29/2016 | By: Florida Park Service

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - A French organization, Association de Paralyses de France (APF), took a group of French travelers on a tour of Florida. During their tour, they visited Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The General Manager of the APF, Laurent Roffe, sent this...

Swamp Stomp

Posted: 9/29/2016 | By: Florida Park Service

 

THONOTOSASSA, Fla. - On August 20th and 21st, Hillsborough River State Park hosted their first Swamp Stomp,...

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