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Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Awards Grant for ADA Accessible Landings on the Fox River

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Parkway Needs 15 Landings to Improve Accessibility Along Fox-Wisconsin Water Route

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FOX CITIES, Wis., (February 11, 2014) — The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway (Parkway) has received a $43,150 grant from the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) for an accessible boat landing package. Approved by the American Disabilities Act (ADA), the landing is equipped with railings and rollers to provide paddlers easy access in and out of the river. The landing package will be used to complete the accessible landing at Shattuck Park in Neenah, and to build half of the landing at Heesakker Park in Little Chute. The Parkway is seeking funding for another 13.5 landing packages to complete its goal of improving access along the Fox-Wisconsin water route.

“These landings not only help those with physical disabilities access this great river and find a level of freedom not easily available on land, but they also give everyone a stable platform to get into their kayak and launch, ” says Candice Mortara, board president of the Parkway. “The landings are an important part of making the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail a destination worth the travel time.”FWHP ADA boat landing Neenah2

Mortara is working with municipalities to make it easier for visitors to enjoy activities like boating and fishing along the water route. Last November, the Parkway received $21,575 from the Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund to help the city of Neenah install an accessible landing. This latest grant will complete the landing in Shattuck Park and put half of the equipment needed in place to complete a landing in Little Chute. The Fox Cities CVB sees these landings, both of which are located near area hotels, as an attraction for visitors.

“This project will enhance the visitor experience by providing easy public access to our waterways,” commented Chris Haese, chair of the Bureau’s Tourism Development Grants Committee. Haese continues, “Increasing public access and showcasing our waterways continues to be a priority for the Bureau.”

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The Shattuck Park landing will be installed in the spring. The Heesakker Park landing is dependent on acquiring additional funding for the other half of the landing.

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