Accessibility for All, SJI

Volunteers bring the compacted gravel trail to life – Contributed photo

Zach enjoys the view at the new location – Contributed photo

You might have seen some changes down at Jackson’s Beach lately. Wondering what’s going on? As part of Friday Harbor High School’s Community Project class, Zach Crichton, Kenny Hallock and Kevin Soto , with a team of mentors and volunteers, have just finished making better wheelchair access at the beach.

Zach is a wheelchair user, and knew from personal experience how difficult it was to park, unload and traverse the path. Kevin and Kenny joined him in this project. Together with support from the Port of Friday Harbor, U of W Labs, Richard Lawson Construction, Mike Carlson Enterprises, Friday Harbor Electric, Printonyx, San Juan County Public Works and of course their families, friends and mentors they have created better wheelchair access at the beach.

This includes dedicated and signed handicapped parking places at the north end of the beach, an unloading zone and connection to a 100 foot compacted gravel path to a view area with driftwood benches for those not in wheelchairs.

Along the way Zach researched other beaches on the island , and created the logo for ‘Accessibility for All, San Juan Island’. The boys hope many more people will be able to get out and enjoy the beach.

For more information on the project please email 360 378-8238.

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm by

Categories: Lifestyle, People, Schools
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  1. This is the most meaningful and useful student project I have seen come along! Not only have you made the beach accessible to more people, you put together a wide network of partners all of whom will look at accessibility and obstacles from a new perspective. Well done and thank you Zach, Kenny and Kevin.

    See you at the beach.

    Comment by Sally Thomsen on May 8, 2019 at 7:57 am

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