Mayor Faulconer Opens First Wheelchair-Accessible Hiking Trail in San Diego
'Trail For All People’ Provides More San Diegans With Opportunity To Enjoy San Diego’s Great Outdoors
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego - Supporting the goal of creating One San Diego where every resident has the opportunity to thrive, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Councilmember Mark Kersey celebrated the official opening of the city’s first wheelchair-accessible hiking trail.
The new “Jas Arnold Trail for All People” is a 1,100-foot flat loop in the Black Mountain Ranch Open Space Park that will be accessible for the elderly, young children and people with mobility challenges.
“San Diego’s natural beauty is one of the reasons we’re proud to call this home,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This trail gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. It opens up a part of San Diego to seniors, families with small children and those who use mobility devices that wasn’t accessible before.”
The trail is named after Jas Arnold, a Rancho Peñasquitos resident who lost his battle with Multiple Sclerosis earlier this year. Arnold was a vocal advocate of the trail who was heavily involved with the Black Mountain Open Space Park Citizens Advisory Committee and spent eight years working on the Trail for All People.
"Jas Arnold never wanted to let his illness get in the way of his passion for enjoying the beautiful scenery our City has to offer,” Councilmember Kersey said. “This trail honors his vision and inspires us to never let our challenges keep us from something we truly love."
“My dad was such an inclusive person and this trail is such a perfect example of that, a place that can be enjoyed by people of all abilities,” said Jas Arnold’s daughter, Meagan Olson. “He would also be so grateful for the support of everyone that helped along the way. It was his vision but he knew that it took a lot of caring people to make it happen.”
Construction on the trail began in fall 2015. It was built by Blue Pacific Engineering and Construction.
The trail features four shade structures, benches, a trail head sign and educational displays about local plant life. Improvements to make the trail accessible for people with visual impairments, such as braille interpretive signs, are planned for the coming months.
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