Hermosa Beach will make a section of the Greenbelt more accessible – Daily Breeze

People who use mobility devices will soon be better able to enjoy part of the tree-lined trail that stretches more than four miles from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach.

Hermosa Beach plans to replace woodchips — a soft surface favored by walkers and joggers — with decomposed granite along a five-block area of ​​its 1.7-mile portion of the greenbelt to make it accessible to the ADA.

ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act.

Director of Public Works Joe SanClemente said the fine, compacted gravel will be installed once funding is identified.

The Hermosa Beach City Council approved a pilot program last week that will replace wood chippings from Pier Avenue at Eighth Street with more compact material that is easier to navigate for wheelchair users and walkers.

The project, SanClemente said, will be added to the city’s capital improvement program, with funding secured before the project’s design is complete. Installation will begin after that, he added.

“The Greenbelt is one of the gems of Hermosa,” Mayor Mike Detoy said in a Tuesday, April 5 statement, “and the new path will allow more members of our community to enjoy it. .”

According to a news release, the city has made efforts to approve ADA access to the Greenbelt, which was developed in 1986 along the route of the abandoned Santa Fe Railroad line, including installing access ramps.

Hermosa, in fact, improved ADA access citywide, according to the press release, by installing nearly 40 new ramps and more than 30 parking spaces for people with disabilities.

A recent project to install two new Mobi-Mats has also improved access to the beach, allowing people with reduced mobility to get closer to the water.

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