A Standardized Assessment Process Supporting Health, Environmental and Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation Facilities to Rural Americans

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,992.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
88581
Agency Tracking Number:
2008-00251
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2240 MERIDIAN BLVD STE C, Minden, NV, 89423
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
049345978
Principal Investigator:
PeterAxelson
Director of Research and Development
(775) 783-8822
peter@beneficialdesigns.com
Business Contact:
SeannaKringen
Research Associate
(831) 685-4798
seanna@beneficialdesigns.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Currently, there is no standardized process for assessing the accessibility of recreation elements used for outdoor recreation, picnic and camping facilities although standards for specific outdoor recreation elements exist, the Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines and the draft US Access Board Regulatory Negotiation Committee on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas. This project will create a Developed Outdoor Recreation Assessment Process (DORAP) to be used to collect information about outdoor recreation elements and evaluate whether they comply with accessibility standards. The objectives of this project are to create valid and reliable methodologies for assessing recreation elements, training modules, electronic templates and a universal symbol system. DORAP accuracy and reliability will be established through expert review of repeated measurements of the same facilities by different people and at different times. DORAP will increase the availability of accessible outdoor products and facilities; enhance access, safety and satisfaction for users; and allow land managers to more accurately forecast maintenance budgets for existing facilities. Increased recreation facility information will enhance enjoyment by individuals of all abilities; including older adults, families with young children, people with disabilities, and their families and friends. This will enhance outdoor recreation environments for use by persons of all abilities in rural communities.

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