The Leadership Walton Class of 2013, a program of the Walton Area Chamber Foundation, held a ribbon cutting on April 18 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to dedicate the group's ADA-compliant fishing deck.
The class was approached by a staff member at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park when they were in the brainstorming phase determining what could be done to improve Walton County. This staff member emphasized the need for a handicapped accessible fishing deckand exercise stations on the parks 5K trail. It was explained that full state funding is not a possibility due to recent cuts. The group completed the building of the deck and installation of seven exercise stations on March 23rd and they are now open to the public.
According to Park Manager Jason Cutshaw, “A goal of the park service is to provide more accessible recreation to the stewards of the park. The addition of an ADA-accessible fishing deck would give an opportunity for individuals and families to safely enjoy one of our lakes. This and the fitness trail will become future key points in the park for many years to come, helping us to provide resource-based reaction while preserving our Florida.”