6/1/2022: The NPS has finalized their SETP. The Final SETP and associated public comment response report is available here:https://parkplanning.nps.gov/SEKISETP22
The National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting comment on a Draft Accessibility Self Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This Draft SETP identifies key visitor experiences at the parks and the existing barriers to accessing these experiences for people with disabilities. The plan provides recommendations for how to remove barriers, including specific actions, example site plans, and anticipated time frames for implementation.
Through implementation of the SETP, the NPS anticipates that facilities, as well as numerous programs, services, and activities the NPS offers will be more universally accessible, and experiences, such as accessing historic properties, experiencing the iconic giant sequoias, picnicking with family and friends, and learning about the parks, will be enhanced. All recommended actions will be subject to funding, consultation with other agencies and associated tribes, and compliance with other federal laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act.
What is the Accessibility SETP?
The SETP is a strategy document that contains findings from a self-evaluation process and specific actions to be taken to improve accessibility in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The narrative document includes a summary of actions and photographs by park areas. The plan also addresses accessibility-specific park policies, practices, communication, and training needs.
What is the Purpose of the SETP?
The goals of the SETP are to document existing park barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities; recommend an effective approach for upgrading facilities, services, activities, and programs; and instill a culture around creating universal access.
What are the Benefits of the SETP to Visitors?
As tasks identified in the SETP are completed, visitors can expect to see improvements including:
• Facilities, as well as numerous programs, services, and activities the park offers will be more universally accessible.
• Experiences such as accessing historic properties, picnicking with family and friends, and learning about the park will be enhanced.
• Visitor center exhibits, films, trail waysides, and all materials that interpret park resources to the public will be provided in formats that allow visitors with disabilities to participate.
• Park programs will be created and delivered for all visitors, including visitors with mild to severe disabilities impacting their mobility, vision, hearing, and/or cognitive abilities.
Brian Horton: 559-565-3721