$275K towards shoreline accessibility for Fairfield’s disabled
January 19, 2013 by Sarah
Many of Fairfield’s most beloved public pavilions and other areas around the shoreline suffered severe damage during Sandy. Fortunately, the town recently received a $275,000 grant by the state of Connecticut to aid in repairs and improving accessibility for fairfield’s disabled to public spaces.
Funding will be distributed to specific areas like Southport Beach, Benson Marina, Ye Yacht Yard, and Sasco Beach with a focus on access improvement for those with disabilities. First Selectman M. Tetreau stated:
“I am thankful to our state delegation for helping our town obtain this needed funding that will increase handicap accessibility at some of our widely-used coastal recreation sites.”
State Senator John McKinney also stated:
“Storm Sandy caused severe damage to some of Fairfield’s most popular public pavilions, but our recovery is well under way–Our delegation will continue to work for the funding Fairfield needs to complete its restorations. In the meantime, we are pleased to have secured this grant which will eventually make our beaches more accessible to all of our residents.”
While the effects of Sandy were widespread and damaging, opportunity came from destruction. Restrooms, concession stands, and picnic areas along the Fairfield shoreline, with funds given by the state, will now follow the standards set out by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fairfield also applied for a STEAP grant for improvements to facilities at Jennings Beach.
While taking measures to notify local residents of upcoming changes to public areas, the town of Fairfield might consider using flyer printing services and banner printing services for community updates.