Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park is a year-round, accessible city park

Kah Tai Lagoon Bridge

Photo Courtesy of Mike McKee

“August 2017:  City Parks recently added gravel to portions of the trail rendering them less firm and stable.  DASH is monitoring the situation.”

Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park is a year-round, accessible city park that is popular with birdwatchers, dog walkers and people of all ages. The level, firm, well-packed earth loop trail starts at the accessible parking slot area for a 20 minutes easy walk along a level trail. Enjoy a relaxing walk or wheelchair roll along to the northeast shore of the Kah Tai Lagoon. The park has many varieties of waterfowl, including Ruddy Ducks and Blue Herons.  Stroll or Roll into Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park to enjoy listening to the birds and seeing seasonal wildflowers.

The park location is ideal due to the close proximity to the local community, with shops, recreation, businesses, services etc.


Park at PT Transit Center or at Kah Tai. Many designated parking spaces in Transit Center and one accessible parking space at Kah Tai’s gravel parking lot (>10 feet wide). Alternatively, park on 12th Street curbside parking behind Henery’s Hardware Store. There is wheelchair access from the Transit Center, sidewalks and parking lot. No ramps needed in this scenic, flat walking trail loop.


Jefferson County Transit and Dial-A-Ride have bus stops at the Port Townsend – Haines St Park & Ride immediately adjacent to the Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park. Disembark at the Port Townsend – Haines St Park & Ride, walking 50 feet to 12th Street and gain access to the park on a packed earth trail immediately next to Park & Ride.

How to get there

The park is close to Safeway, adjacent to the Haines Street Park and Ride and directly behind Henery’s Hardware Store on 12th Street. There are entrances off 12th Street, Landes Street and Kearney Street.


The trail surface is maintained packed earth that is level, firm and stable. Small scattering of pea-sized gravel that should not cause any difficulty with wheelchair accessibility. Most of the trail is more than 6 feet wide. In winter after heavy rain there may be some standing water and small puddles. It is generally dry in summer.

The trail is accessible and level. The loop trail is less than a mile, about a 20 or 30 minute stroll.

There are clear lines of sight along the path; vegetation does not block the trail.  Walkers feel safe during daylight hours with plenty of public use on this popular trail.


Accessible toilets are only available at adjacent locations (Safeway Grocery Store and Park & Ride Transit Center). At the park, there is a standard portable toilet close to parking.  


Benches and picnic tables are available.  A small bridge links the smaller to the main lagoon.  A seating area close by is a good spot for bird watching.


There are lights at public rest room building only.

OPEN: Daylight hours, 8:00 AM to Dusk

Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park, 12th Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (near PT Transit, Safeway, behind Henery’s Hardware Store).

By | May 3rd, 2017|news, projects|0 Comments

Fort Worden, ADA Trail, at Fort Worden Historical State Park

Photo of ADA Trail at Fort Worden

Photo Courtesy of Travis Rowland

Fort Worden, ADA Trail, at Fort Worden Historical State Park, Port Townsend is 100% accessible, meeting all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

Well maintained, 6.5 to 7.5 feet wide asphalt walkway has a slight incline for a pleasant 30 minute loop trail along the beach from Marine Science Center towards the Lighthouse and looping round to beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, plentiful birds, and seasonal flowers, including wild rose and lupine.  No Washington State DISCOVER PASS needed for visitors with WA Disability Vehicle Plates or blue disability hanger.

Several asphalt and gravel parking lots without time limitations for visitor parking. There are parking spaces (>10 feet wide) for people with disabilities, wheelchair access and ramps. The parking slot at the canteen is 11’6″ wide without delineated access lane adjacent to long wooden planter. The planter should be moved to allow easy disembarking from disabled transit vehicle.
Additional ramp needed at crosswalk to ADA trail across from Marine Science canteen.

How to get there
Fort Worden State Park is located in Port Townsend, along Admiralty Inlet in Washington State. The Fort Worden ADA Trail begins at the Marine Science Center, near cross streets of Eisenhower Street and Harbor Defense Way (a park extension of Port Townsend’s Cherry Street). Fort Worden is a naturalist gem situated on 433 acres originally built as a United States Army installation for the protection of Puget Sound.


#7 Poulsbo / Port Ludlow / Tri Area Route

Jefferson County Transit (Route 2, Fort Worden) has a bus stop across the street from the Friends of Fort Worden, Old Guardhouse Visitor Center & Gift Shop (200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368, Phone: 360.344.4459). To access the Fort Worden Park and Recreation Area, travel East one block on Eisenhower, turn left on Harbor Defense Way with smooth, well-maintained cement sidewalk that is moderately steep incline for approximately 1 block (approximately 100 feet)

ADA Trail
The trail is fully accessible with manual or motorized wheelchair, stroller, walker or canes. Practically ideal for people with any level of physical limitation and delightful Green Space site that is a favorite “Stroll and Roll” and hiking site!
The trail starts at the Marine Science Center.  Trail surface is well-maintained asphalt that is level, firm and stable. Fort Worden ADA Trail is clearly delineated with bright, white road line along park road with very light traffic. There is one puddle area with accumulation of rainwater along one part of trail (~50 feet) adjacent to a gravel parking area. However, that area can be easily avoided on the wide asphalt trail. Fort Worden staff plan to increase drainage in this section of the ADA trail. Further on, the trail has a curb on the right side. Elevation change is less than 20 feet over 1/4 mile.

Accessible rest rooms available, year round. Rest Rooms meet all ADA requirements. During winter season, 50% of rest rooms are locked due to periodic wind storms. However, accessible toilets are available, even when shower areas are closed.

Benches, rest areas, picnic tables, and accessible picnic tables are available at the Public Covered Kitchen/BBQ Building (which can be reserved through Fort Worden State Park).

Lighting is available in and around the Rest Room/Shower buildings. However, the park closes at dusk so there are no evening activities, except in camping and recreational vehicle (RV) areas.

OPEN: 8:00 AM to Dusk
Fort Worden,
200 Battery Way,
Port Townsend, WA 98368,
Phone: (360) 344-4400

By | May 3rd, 2017|news, projects|0 Comments

A memorial bench in honor of Lynn Gressley

Lynn Gressley's bench dedication ceremony

Lynn Gressley’s mother (front row at right) and Lynn’s brother attended the ceremony

A memorial bench in honor of Lynn Gressley, DASH’s first President, was dedicated on March 3rd at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend.

DASH’s gift of the bench is part of our work with Jefferson Healthcare on improving access in and around its facilities. This well-designed, comfortable bench for Jefferson Healthcare’s new entrance was funded by generous donations from many locals joining with DASH in making this gift.

At the ceremony Hilary Whittington, the hospital’s CFO, spoke about working with DASH over the last 2 years to make sure that the new Emergency and Specialty Services Building meets the needs of all patients and visitors. Travis Rowland spoke on behalf of the DASH Board about the many improvements that have transformed access at Jefferson Healthcare. Pat Teal, DASH President, shared memories of Lynn Gressley and described his lifelong dedication to advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.

Following the ceremony around 50 people headed to the Garden Row cafe inside the hospital to celebrate with a parsnip and apple cake specially baked by Chef Arran Stark for the occasion.

Lynn Greeley's bench dedication ceremony

DASH board members (left to right) Leesa Monroe, Marion Huxtable and Miranda Nash enjoy Lynn’s bench following the dedication ceremony

This article about the bench dedication appeared in the Peninsula Daily News on March 5th, 2017:

Lynn Gressley’s bench rainy day dedication ceremony

By | May 2nd, 2017|news, projects|0 Comments

Inclusive Recreation

girl in wheelchair

Fort Worden Trails Evaluation
An enthusiastic young volunteer assumes a disability in this DASH project in UGN’s 2016 Day of Caring.

~ Do not allow what you
cannot do to limit what you
can do


Young Professionals Network volunteers and family members – along with a few interested bystanders, travel the accessible beach trail with simulated disabilities in the first stage of their Fort Worden trails evaluations.

By | November 10th, 2016|projects|0 Comments

Jefferson Healthcare Accessibility

DASH has worked with Jefferson Healthcare to improve accessibility for many years.  In 2010 our focus turned to working systematically on the obstacles patients encountered on Sheridan Street and the Jefferson Healthcare campus before they could enter the hospital and clinics.

Lynn and Sarah come to the end of the sidewalk near the JHC Hospital

Lynn Gressley and a blindfolded Sarah Bowman leave the clinics in DASH’s 2010 Disability-for-a-Day event.

Sidewalk outside of Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, WA

2016 – Sheridan Street has sidewalks leading to accessible routes into Jefferson Healthcare

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By | November 1st, 2016|projects|0 Comments

DASH’s History of Partnership with Jefferson Healthcare

DASH has worked with Jefferson Healthcare to improve accessibility for many years.  In 2010 our focus turned to working systematically on the obstacles patients encountered on Sheridan Street and the Jefferson Healthcare campus before they could enter the hospital and clinics.  

In 2010 DASH worked with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute on the application for a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Grant for Sheridan Street alongside the hospital. We stayed on top of that project through 2013, providing much input to the city on all aspects of the project that are important for people with disabilities. This was the first stage of improving accessibility at Jefferson Healthcare.

Once Sheridan Street improvements had been made, DASH worked steadily with the hospital on issues of parking, pedestrian access, transit connections, wayfinding, ADA requirements in and around the campus and much more.

The expansion of the campus for the new Emergency and Specialty Services Building was an opportunity for DASH to become a significant stakeholder from the start. At several meetings over the last 2 years with the hospital design and construction team, DASH Board members consulted and made recommendations on every aspect, focusing intently on details that make a difference for people with all kinds of disabilities. We based our recommendations on ADA requirements but also did frequent field evaluations in and around the hospital to ensure that our input covered everything that will make a better experience for anyone needing hospital care.

We brought in local experts with vision and hearing impairments to make sure that we did not miss pointing to changes that are often obvious to people with a vision or hearing problem but can easily be missed.  

This has been a major project for DASH covering many years and including just about everything involving physical access to the hospital. Along the way, much work also has been done on how attitudes, training and sensitivity can be as important as the physical access.

DASH’s most recent involvement at the hospital will be the bench that we will gift to Jefferson Healthcare for the main entrance. A comfortable and comforting bench is symbolic of the way we have consistently worked to ensure that all patients will experience the hospital as a place of healing that is accessible to all. We are now raising the funds to pay for the bench and a plaque in honor of our long-term President, Lynn Gressley who was a patient at the hospital. We ask all who care about making our hospital accessible to contribute.    

By | October 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Project to create an accessible playground for Jefferson County begins.

There are NO Accessible Playgrounds in Jefferson County

JUMP! is a group of physical and occupational therapists, parents of children with disabilities, and community members that has formed to build a new accessible and inclusive playground at HJ Carroll Park.  We have found a fiscal sponsor in the Mike Beery Memorial Children’s Fund, and will be accepting donations to help us build this playground.  We have received approval from the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation department to donate this playground to the County.  After our contract is reviewed by the County Legal dept. we will then be presenting to the Board of County Commissioners.  Once we have that approval, we will be launching our website, so stay tuned!

We will be the first accessible playground in all of Jefferson County and will be joining Clallam, Kitsap and many other counties in providing accessible, inclusive playgrounds.


One of many examples of an accessible playground

 See the link below for more info on Port Angeles’ new playground:

Peninsula Daily News August 2016

For more info contact:

By | September 18th, 2016|news|0 Comments

Hard Ship | A Really Great Big Story

Many more followers of the Race to Alaska tuned in to watch Team Alula cross the finish line than watched the first-place winners cross the same line.  Three paralyzed men from Australia took up one of sailing’s most grueling challenges—a 750-mile race to Alaska through some of the most treacherous and remote waters on the planet.  Here is their journey start to finish line.

By | September 9th, 2016|news|0 Comments
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