Making the Parks Accessible
The Great Parks of Hamilton County maintains an accessibility policy that provides the opportunity for visitors of various abilities to enjoy our parks, facilities and programs.
Great Parks provides the opportunity for individuals with mobility disabilities to use their power-driven mobility devices on select trails. For a list of these trails, view the trail chart.
Accessible Sites & Facilities
Through concentrated efforts to upgrade existing sites and develop new areas, Great Parks' goal is to have the majority of facilities within each park be considered Level 1 or 2.
There is a four-level classification system for its developed sites and facilities.
Accessibility at Programs and Events
- Level 1: Considered fully accessible and meets architectural standards for handicap accessibility. Level 1 sites include Visitor Centers, Ranger stations, snack bars, restrooms, numerous picnic areas and paved trails. There is at least one Level 1 facility at each developed park.
- Level 2: Usable to disabled persons, but may include inconveniences.
- Level 3: Difficult to use by disabled persons; assistance may be required. These sites include facilities which are located in difficult terrain.
- Level 4: Undeveloped section of the park; inaccessible to most disabled persons.
Great Parks will make every effort, with two weeks advance notice, to provide reasonable accommodations so that people with disabilities may participate in special events and educational programs.
People with disabilities needing special accommodations for the accessibility of programs should contact Great Parks of Hamilton County at 513-521-7275, Voice/TDD.
Universal Zero G-Chair Swing Seat
Children of all abilities can play and have fun! The Zero-G Chair is the first accessible swing of its kind to be ergonomically designed for both 2−
5 and 5−
12 age groups. It's sturdy, over-sized locking mechanism makes securing a child safe and easy. Visitors can now use a Zero G-Chair Swing at: Winton Woods, Sharon Woods, Lake Isabella, Woodland Mound, Miami Whitewater Forest, Shawnee Lookout and Embshoff Woods.
Solo Rider Golf Carts
The Solo Rider golf carts are single passenger carts that allow the player to play from tee to green without ever leaving the cart. Great Parks has eight Solo Rider golf carts available at the following golf courses: Meadow Links & Golf Academy, The Mill Course, Little Miami Golf Center, Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course and The Vineyard.
A Solo Rider cart can be reserved by calling the individual course. Players may also schedule a time for a demonstration of the cart to see if it will be a benefit and enable them to play and practice the game of golf. Visit our golf page
to contact a course about using a Solo Rider cart.
The play areas located at these parks are the most universally accessible playgrounds throughout Great Parks. The play structures features a variety of elements for all abilties, including:
- A rubber safety surface that allows access to all areas of the playground for users of all abilities
- Multiple wide ramps for access with mobility devices
- A “Power Scape” area of play that encourages physical fitness and coordination
- An array of bright colors to increase visual stimulation and playable musical instruments to increase auditory function
- Shade structures for a more enjoyable play experience
- An increase in accessible play area and play features