River Festival Enhances Accessibility Features for 2024 Event

River Festival Enhances Accessibility Features for 2024 Event

The River Festival, renowned for its vibrant celebration of arts, music, and community, is set to enhance its accessibility features for the 2024 event. Scheduled from June 13-16 at Oakdale Park, Salina, Kansas, the festival is committed to ensuring an inclusive experience for all attendees, including those with mobility challenges.

This year, the festival organizers have introduced several measures to accommodate visitors with disabilities. Key enhancements include:

  • Accessible Parking: Designated parking areas close to the festival entrances will be available for vehicles displaying a valid disabled parking placard. This ensures that attendees with mobility impairments can easily access the festival grounds.
  • Shuttle Service: A complimentary shuttle service, equipped with wheelchair lifts, will operate from remote parking areas to the main festival site. This service aims to facilitate convenient transportation for those with limited mobility.
  • Mobility Device Rentals: For attendees who may require additional support, mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters will be available for rent on-site. This service ensures that everyone can comfortably navigate the festival grounds.
  • Accessible Pathways: Clearly marked, accessible pathways throughout the park will guide visitors to various attractions and amenities, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience.
  • Wayfinding Signage: Prominent, easy-to-read signs will be placed strategically to assist in navigation, reducing any potential confusion and making the festival more accessible for all.
    Facilities and Services
    Additional services are also being introduced to enhance the overall experience for attendees with disabilities:
  • Accessible Restrooms: Numerous accessible restroom facilities will be available throughout the festival site, providing convenience and ease of access.
  • Service Animal Stations: Designated relief areas for service animals will be set up, ensuring that visitors accompanied by service animals have a comfortable experience.
    Commitment to Inclusivity
    The River Festival's commitment to inclusivity extends beyond physical accommodations. Festival organizers have also emphasized their dedication to creating a welcoming environment for all:
  • Staff Training: Event staff and volunteers will undergo specialized training to assist visitors with disabilities effectively, ensuring that everyone receives the support they need.
  • Information Booths: Multiple information booths will be staffed with personnel ready to assist with any questions or needs related to accessibility.
    The 2024 River Festival promises to be more inclusive than ever, ensuring that all attendees, regardless of their mobility needs, can fully enjoy the diverse array of performances, art exhibits, and community activities.

By implementing these comprehensive accessibility measures, the River Festival continues to uphold its mission of fostering a joyous, inclusive community event for all.

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