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Accessibility at Your Metroparks

The Metroparks Commitment

The Metroparks are committed to removing barriers, creating and improving access, and increasing recreation opportunities for all.  As we look to the future, we will develop, update and improve facilities to meet or exceed ADA requirements, and look for ways to remove barriers to access so that individuals of all abilities have equitable access to Metroparks facilities, programs, services, and activities.

Many facilities within the Metroparks are accessible and can provide an enjoyable experience for visitors of varying abilities, but we have also worked to evaluate our existing facilities and identify areas where improvements could be made. The result of that is our ADA Transition Plan which outlines areas where we will work to continually remove barriers and improve our accessibility.

Accessibility Accommodations

There may be times when our facilities or programs might not meet your needs and you would like to request an accommodation. If you need a specific accommodation, we do ask for a two-week lead time prior to your visit for us to best be able to address your request.  If your request is received in less than two weeks, all efforts will be made to fulfill the request, but it is not guaranteed. Barriers will be addressed on a case-by-case basis for solutions offered to individuals with cognitive disabilities.

To make an accommodations request, please call or email:

  • Delhi, Dexter-Huron, Hudson Mills, or Huron Meadows: (734) 426-8211, Email
  • Indian Springs Metropark: (248) 625-6640, Email
  • Kensington Metropark: (810) 227-8910, Email
  • Lake Erie Metropark: (734) 379-5020, Email
  • Lake St Clair Metropark: (586) 463-4581, Email
  • Lower Huron, Oakwoods or Willow Metroparks: (734) 697-9181, Email
  • Stony Creek Metropark: (586) 781-4242, Email
  • Wolcott Mill Metropark: (586) 752-5932, Email

If you are unsure of the park you need an accommodation at, please use our general contact:

  • Administrative Office: (810) 227-2757, Email

Accommodation Grievances

Grievances Procedure [PDF]

The Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) serves as the ADA Coordinator for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. In the ADA Coordinator capacity, the Chief of DEI oversees the Grievance Policy and Procedure which contains the following provisions. Complaints are to be filed, in writing if possible, containing enough facts to investigate. The complaint must be submitted no later than sixty (60) calendar days after the alleged violation to:

Artina Sadler Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
(810) 819-7540
artina.sadler@metroparks.com
13000 High Ridge Drive
Brighton, Michigan 48114

Fair Play Coalition

The Fun, Accessible, Inclusive, Recreation (FAIR) Play Coalition is a volunteer advisory board that helps guide decisions and designs for more accessible spaces throughout the Metroparks. The FAIR Play Coalition members have a variety of backgrounds – from healthcare professionals to nearby residents- all being advocates for people with disabilities. Please join us! For more information in becoming part of the FAIR Play Coalition, please contact the Volunteer Services Supervisor, Katie Kowalski, at katie.kowalski@metroparks.com or (248) 303-4305.

Input & Feedback

Do you have any feedback, an idea, or a recommendation for accessibility?  Share it with us now!

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Website Accessibility 

Wherever possible, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks website has been designed to the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 A. Learn more about it by clicking here.

Trails

Work to update and enhance trails is an ongoing project across all 13 parks. When adding, repairing and improving trail segments, our designs consider grade changes, surface type and width to make using our trails easier for all visitors.  Our most recent updates include:

Kensington Metropark – Paved Trailhead Kiosks with bike and wheelchair repairs stations along the Hike-Bike Trail

We are continually working on updating our information. Check back later for more information about how we’re improving trails for all users.

Shelters

New accessible picnic tables and accessible grills are being added to several picnic shelters throughout the park system. Work will continue through the end of the year on the installation of new concrete grill pads and the securing of picnic tables in arrangements that allow for unobstructed movement around them. Updates to the picnic shelter rental information on our website are also being made. The information being added to the shelter pages focuses on accessible features at and around each shelter.

Explore Shelters

Playgrounds

Kensington Metropark – Maple Beach Playground Redevelopment – Spring 2021

The new playground at Maple Beach will go above and beyond ADA using the principles of universal design. The new restroom building, and associated site redevelopment will meet ADA.  Learn More

Recreation Equipment 

Adaptive Sit-Ski Rental

An adaptive cross-country sit-ski is available for rent at Huron Meadows Metropark.  It is intended to be used by those who are not able to ski in the upright position. Learn More

Hayrides

Our wagon at the Kensington Metropark Farm Center is equipped with a wheelchair lift allowing visitors of all abilities the enjoyable experience of a horse or tractor drawn hayride. Learn More

Golf Carts

Accessible golf carts are available at Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Indian Springs, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Stony Creek and Willow Metropark golf courses. Reservations can be made by calling the course a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Explore Courses

Shuttle Bus

An accessible shuttle bus service at Lake St. Clair Metropark will transport visitors to Huron Point picnic area, the wedding gazebo, and shore fishing area and is available on weekends. Learn More

Handcycle Rental

At Stony Creek Metropark’s bike rental (located at Eastwood Beach) there is a handcycle available for rent. Handcycles allow users who cannot pedal with their feet the ability to ride a bike using their arms to pedal and steer. This handcycle can be used on the paved hike-bike trails within the park. Learn More

Fishing

We’ve made fishing more accessible by installing accessible docks at a variety of park locations. These docks allow for users to enter the dock using paved pathways and no steps. The railings are lowered for easier use. These docks are available at:

Canoeing/Kayaking

We’ve made paddling more accessible by installing accessible canoe/kayak launches at a variety of park locations. These docks include accessible pathways from parking to the launch, sufficient space to wheel on and around the dock, a transfer platform to move from a sitting position into a canoe or kayak, and a rolling/sliding launch system to put the canoe or kayak into the water and to get back out of the water. These accessible canoe/kayak launches can be found at:

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