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.

Visitor Family Photo

Posted: 9/16/2016 | By: Florida Park Service

KEY LARGO, Fla. - During the summer of 2015 Rosemarie took her daughters and grandchildren kayaking at John Pennekamp State Park. After her visit she sent Assistant Park Manager Cassandra Meadows a thank you card and a picture to remember their trip.

Updated Paved Walkways

Posted: 9/15/2016 | By: Florida Park Service

LAKE WALES, Fla. - Lake Kissimmee State Park recently updated the campground to provide additional accessible camping sites in order to provide more camping opportunities for visitors with disabilities. The additional two sites are paved and...


Posted: 9/15/2016 | By: Florida Park Service

CHIPLEY, Fla. - Falling Waters continues to strive to be an accessible park. The park has recently completed one more step in the process by adding two new accessible family bathhouse facilities in the camping area. The family bathhouses are...

Boardwalk built by Eagle Scout

Posted: 8/15/2016 | By: Florida Park Service

THONOTOSASSA, Fla. - On August 3, 2016 Eagle Scout Hunter Colbert finished his Eagle Scout service project for Hillsborough River State Park. His project consists of a raised boardwalk spanning from the end of the sidewalk to the ADA accessible playground. Many thanks...

Visitor enjoying Accessible Amenities

Posted: 8/15/2016 | By: Florida Park Service

SOPCHOPPY, Fla. - Recently a group of seniors made a trip out to Ochlocknee River State Park. They sent in this thank you letter to the Park Manager, Kristin Ebersol, to tell her about their trip and how the accessible features of the park made their trip more enjoyable...

Posted: 6/30/2016 | By: Michelle Waterman, Park Manager

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Nestled between scenic Amelia Island and vibrant metro Jacksonville, Talbot Islands State Parks preserves over 8,000 acres of pristine barrier islands, salt marsh and upland pine forests across its 7 parks; Amelia Island State Park,...

Posted: 6/30/2016 | By: Sally Lieb

OCALA, Fla. -Silver Springs State Park is located on the edge of the Ocala National Forest and features one of the largest first magnitude springs in the world. The park consists of 4,666 acres with trails, boardwalks, overlooks and paved paths through uplands, wetlands and...

Visitors learning about Florida’s native species of reptiles

Posted: 6/29/2016 | By: Jennifer Roberts

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On Saturday, June 11th, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Celebrated Access for All by partnering with the Special Olympics to host a Family Fun Day at the park from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Approximately fifty athletes and their family members participated...

Posted: 4/21/2016 | By: Lorraine Allen

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - I just wanted to let you know about the extraordinary service John Melton provided to my mother-in-law Vivian Allen. We went to the park on March 23 as part of her 99th birthday celebration. Ms. Vivian is an incredible 99-year-old, still able to walk with...

Dog Day

Posted: 3/29/2016 | By: Park Manager Bill Gruber

BUSHNELL, Fla. - Accessibility was highlighted at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park’s second annual Dog Day in the Park event on Saturday, March 12. The event featured presentations and exhibits by a host of local groups, including: K9 Partners for Patriots...