Improving Access for All
Improving outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all abilities is an important goal for the Walden Woods Project. We are happy to be working with the Town of Concord's Natural Resources Commission Trails Committee to establish and assess a Handicap Assessed Loop Trail over our land and Town Forest land.
Please note, as of fall 2010, the assessment is not yet complete, and detailed maps are not yet available.
Assessed versus Accessible
The new HP Assessed Trail on Brister's Hill is not an Accessible Trail according to ADA standards. The assessment process provides detailed information about prevailing trail conditions and location and characteristics of obstacles on the trail. Detailed assessment information and maps help people make an informed decision about their abillity to navigate the trail given their own physical abilities and equipment they may use to assist in their mobility.
The trail assessment provides detailed information on slope, cross-slope, surface conditions, and significant obstacles such as roots and rocks throughout the trail. Information is presented in map form.
Using the Assessed Trail
The Town of Concord is working to complete the assessment process and produce maps of the Assessed Loop. Once this has been accomplished, the HP parking on Walden Street will be open, and the trail will officially be open to the public.
We will post maps as soon as they are available.