State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the release of just over $306,313 in state funds to the Department of Natural Resources for the installation of an ADA-compliant boardwalk at the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve in Lake County.
“In Ohio, we believe that everyone deserves equal access to experience the natural beauties of our great state,” said. Rogers. “This investment from the state will help to extend the life of the dunes and enhance the experience for all visitors, regardless of their level of mobility. I am pleased that soon every Ohioan will have the chance to fully experience the natural beauty of Headlands Dunes.”
Currently, visitor-made trails exist at the nature preserve, but the sandy nature of the area means that visitors with limited physical capabilities are unable to access the beach. The new ADA-compliant boardwalk will open the dunes up for all visitors to enjoy.
The boardwalk will extend the end of Buckeye Trail, which currently ends at the parking lot of the nature preserve, to the dunes edge.
Funding for the project was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. The state previously released $42,328 in November 2015 for engineering and design work for the new boardwalk.