The Latest on Improvements at New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa on Accessibility to Recreation Facilities
Reclamation's New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa Improve Accessibility to Recreation Facilities
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region, Central California Area Office CCAO, recently completed upgrades and modifications to a number of recreation facilities with funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. On October 27 and November 4, 2011, CCAO conducted tours of the renovations that have improved accessibility of recreation facilities at Lake Berryessa and New Melones Lake, respectively. The renovations were made in compliance with accessibility guidelines in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and include upgrades to visitor centers, picnic areas, restrooms and campground sites.
The primary purpose of the tours was to collaborate with organizations serving disabled Americans, such as the Yountville Veteran’s Home, Disability Services of Napa, ARC of Amador and Calaveras counties, WATCH Resources Inc. of Tuolumne County, and other organizations on opportunities for promoting the expanded use of these newly accessible facilities.
At both Lake Berryessa and New Melones, attendees were provided a presentation highlighting the completed accessibility upgrades and then toured the visitor centers and recreation areas to experience the renovations first-hand. Participants were then asked for their input on reducing barriers to recreation and other ways to improve accessibility at the recreation areas. CCAO received several comments and suggestions of which they are evaluating the feasibility and implementation in the recreation areas.
Lake Berryessa is located in Napa County, Calif., about 10 miles from Winters, 25 miles from Napa and Davis, 50 miles from Sacramento, and 70 miles from San Francisco, Calif. New Melones Lake is located on Highway 49, approximately 8 miles north of Sonora and 6 miles south of Angels Camp, Calif.
“These accessibility projects are accomplished in connection with the President's America's Great Outdoors initiative which focuses on reconnecting Americans to their natural environments,” said CCAO Manager Mike Finnegan. “There is a direct benefit to the community by ensuring our recreation areas are easily accessed by all visitors to New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa.”
With the growing concern about childhood obesity and the lack of time children spend outdoors enjoying nature, New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa offer perfect opportunities for families to get outdoors and experience what our public lands have to offer. New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa support the Department of the Interior’s Let's Move Outside! and Youth in the Great Outdoors initiatives. To learn more about these initiatives, please visit http://youthgo.gov/ and http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside.
November 20, 2012