Making the Forests and Parks Accessible


What is being done by KKL-JNF to make sites accessible for people with special needs?
The work being done by KKL-JNF to make sites accessible for people with special needs includes:
 
  • Marking recreation areas suitable for those who are limited in mobility and improving the access roads to them.

 

  • Avoiding the building of stairs, making roads with moderate slopes (up to 8%) and installing handrails for stairs and ramps.




  • Making hard ground surfaces to enable mobility for people who move in wheelchairs or carriages.

 

Low picnic table with space for a wheelchair at Halochem Park in Haruvit. Photo: Yoav Devir

  • Installing low picnic tables and grill stands close to parking areas. In most picnic areas (that are topographically suitable), about 10% of the picnic tables and grill stands are suitable for those who move in wheelchairs.

 

  • Installing curbstones to prevent wheelchairs from swerving and to enable safe mobility for people whose vision is limited.

 

  • Creating signs, audio stands and aromatic plants, in order to enhance the nature experience for people whose vision is impaired.

 

Accessible drinking fountain in Medinol Forest near Jerusalem. Photo: Yoav Devir

  • Using induction coils for people whose hearing is impaired (a type of wireless loudspeaker achieved by magnetically transmitting sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils).

 

  • Developing hiking trails of different lengths and scenic lookouts suitable for people in wheelchairs.

 

  • Installing playground equipment and sports facilities that are suitable for people with disabilities.

 

  • Installing restroom facilities designed for people in wheelchairs.