Welcome to DASH

Are you one of the 21% of Jefferson County residents with a disability?

– You have come to the right website to find the most accessible places and services.

Does your business or organization serve Jefferson County?

– You have come to the right website to find services to increase your accessibility.

Information you will find here:

  • Ongoing updates on DASH Projects
  • DASH Services for individuals, for businesses and organizations and for our community provided at no cost
  • Helpful Information on many subjects and downloadable versions of our publications:

DASH Accessible Restaurants Guide
DASH Accessible Entertainment & Cultural Venues Guide
DASH Accessible Downtown/Uptown Port Townsend Map

What’s New

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

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.

Parking

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.

Transit

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.

Trail

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.

Restrooms

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.  

Facilities

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.

Lighting

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).

http://kahtai.blogspot.com/

May 3rd, 2017|

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

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.

Parking
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.

Transit
http://jeffersontransit.com/maps-schedules/schedules/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.

Restrooms
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.

Facilities
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
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

http://parks.state.wa.us

May 3rd, 2017|

A memorial bench in honor of Lynn Gressley

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.

May 2nd, 2017|

Inclusive Technology Improves Access to Fort Worden Beaches

A beach wheelchair and beach walker are now available to use at the Fort Worden beach area without cost.

This article about the beach wheelchair appeared in the Port Townsend Leader in August:

http://www.ptleader.com/news/business/ beach-wheelchair-is-latest-gain-in- accessibility/article_2932caac-6981 -11e6-9112-c3fc467f65de.html

October 13th, 2016|

Project to create an accessible playground for Jefferson County begins.

There are NO Accessible Playgrounds in Jefferson County

A group of local school district and early childhood occupational therapists and physical therapists, and parents of children with special needs, have formed a group to build an accessible playground at HJ Carroll Park with multi-age and adult structures also, due to the demographic of our county.  Preliminary support for some funding to build and maintain the playground has been given by the East Jefferson Rotary Club and the Jefferson County Accessible Communities Advisory Committee (ACAC).

Port Angeles will soon have an accessible playground with ADA compliant playground pieces and a wheelchair-friendly surface for the play area.  The equipment will be installed in 2017.

This article about the new playground appeared in the Peninsula Daily News in August: http://archive.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160801/NEWS/308019992

Contact People at this stage:

Sarah Grossman, MS PT, sarahg59@gmail.com

Sarah McNulty, OTR/L, sarah_mcnulty@csd49.org

September 18th, 2016|

Are you one of the 21% of Jefferson County residents with a disability?

– You have come to the right website to find the most accessible places and services.

Does your business or organization serve Jefferson County?

– You have come to the right website to find services to increase your accessibility.

DASH is a voice for all people with disabilities

Lynn Gressley walking across Sims Way

DASH will donate a handsome well-designed bench for Jefferson Healthcare’s new Main Entrance in memory of Lynn Gressley, DASH President for many years. More in What’s New below.

Information you will find here:

  • Ongoing updates on DASH Projects
  • DASH Services for individuals, for businesses and organizations and for our community provided at no cost
  • Helpful Information on many subjects and downloadable versions of our publications:

DASH Accessible Restaurants Guide
DASH Accessible Entertainment & Cultural Venues Guide
DASH Accessible Downtown/Uptown Port Townsend Map

What’s New

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

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.

Parking

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.

Transit

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.

Trail

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.

Restrooms

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.  

Facilities

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.

Lighting

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).

http://kahtai.blogspot.com/

May 3rd, 2017|

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

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.

Parking
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.

Transit
http://jeffersontransit.com/maps-schedules/schedules/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.

Restrooms
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.

Facilities
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
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

http://parks.state.wa.us

May 3rd, 2017|

A memorial bench in honor of Lynn Gressley

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.

May 2nd, 2017|

Inclusive Technology Improves Access to Fort Worden Beaches

A beach wheelchair and beach walker are now available to use at the Fort Worden beach area without cost.

This article about the beach wheelchair appeared in the Port Townsend Leader in August:

http://www.ptleader.com/news/business/ beach-wheelchair-is-latest-gain-in- accessibility/article_2932caac-6981 -11e6-9112-c3fc467f65de.html

October 13th, 2016|

Project to create an accessible playground for Jefferson County begins.

There are NO Accessible Playgrounds in Jefferson County

A group of local school district and early childhood occupational therapists and physical therapists, and parents of children with special needs, have formed a group to build an accessible playground at HJ Carroll Park with multi-age and adult structures also, due to the demographic of our county.  Preliminary support for some funding to build and maintain the playground has been given by the East Jefferson Rotary Club and the Jefferson County Accessible Communities Advisory Committee (ACAC).

Port Angeles will soon have an accessible playground with ADA compliant playground pieces and a wheelchair-friendly surface for the play area.  The equipment will be installed in 2017.

This article about the new playground appeared in the Peninsula Daily News in August: http://archive.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160801/NEWS/308019992

Contact People at this stage:

Sarah Grossman, MS PT, sarahg59@gmail.com

Sarah McNulty, OTR/L, sarah_mcnulty@csd49.org

September 18th, 2016|

   Sponsor Organizations

Organizations and Individuals that have significantly contributed to the DASH mission

Jefferson Healthcare
City of Port Townsend
Jefferson County
Jefferson Transit
Fort Worden State Park
Jefferson County Council of the Blind
Port Townsend Library Foundation
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

There are many individuals who have given invaluable assistance to DASH over the years – too many to list.  We thank every person and every organization that has played a role in making our community accessible for everyone.

Our new DASH website is one of several projects funded by a grant obtained by Jefferson County under the Accessible Communities Act (ACA). The sole source of ACA grant funds is $100 of every ticket given out to people who park in accessible parking spots without a permit. This program was the brainchild of Toby Olson, Executive Secretary of the Governor’s Committee on Disability and Employment (GCDIE), which administers the grants.

Sponsor Organizations

Accessible Communities Advisory Committee of Jefferson County

United Good Neighbor of Jefferson County

Rotary Club of Port Townsend

Organizations and Individuals that have significantly contributed to the DASH mission

Jefferson Healthcare
City of Port Townsend
Jefferson County
Jefferson Transit
Fort Worden State Park
Jefferson County Council for the Blind
Port Townsend Library Foundation
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

There are many individuals who have given invaluable assistance to DASH over the years – too many to list.  We thank every person and every organization that has played a role in making our community accessible for everyone.

Our new DASH website is one of several projects funded by a grant obtained by Jefferson County under the Accessible Communities Act (ACA). The sole source of ACA grant funds is $100 of every ticket given out to people who park in accessible parking spots without a permit. This program was the brainchild of Toby Olson, Executive Secretary of the Governor’s Committee on Disability and Employment (GCDIE), which administers the grants.