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September 3, 2003
Inside Online
Montrose revetment accommodates disabled
By Ed Lowe, Senior Writer

Regardless of the side you take in the controversy concerning the replacing of the revetments along the lakefront at Montrose Harbor, the new concrete installation will offer one advantage that did not occur with the older, limestone rocks that have graced the waterfront since they were installed in the 1930s by the WPA.

The new installation is designed to meet the requirements of the Americans With Disability Act and allow access to the lowest and broadest level of concrete walkway to people who have handicaps, including those confined to wheelchairs.

Lisa Arizzi, Park District spokesperson, assured Inside that several of these access points are included in plans for the still-incomplete revetment.

Enabling older persons and those with disabilities access to this area of the lakefront will permit them to fish, sun and otherwise enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without being inconvenienced by their disabilities.

However, there are complaints that without a guard rail people in wheel chairs are in danger of falling into the water.

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