May 16, 2007 Edition

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WR adds parking
places for disabled

Bryan Beke, a Walnut Ridge Street Department employee, paints a parking place in downtown Walnut Ridge to designate it as handicapped parking.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
Gretchen Hunt

Those with disabilities will now have an easier time negotiating in downtown Walnut Ridge thanks to new reserved spots designated by the city.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers said the city already had ramps leading up to the sidewalks throughout the downtown area, but the parking places next to the ramps were not designated as handicapped spots.

"It doesn't do a lot of good to have the ramps if you have to park at the other end of the block," Rogers said. "We have now designated a spot at each ramp so that those who need the ramps will be able to park close to them."

Rogers said street department employees have completed the work, which included painting the parking spaces and adding signs. She said the city has also added more handicapped spaces at the community center.

County Judge Alex Latham said a lot of work has also been done at the courthouse, located in downtown Walnut Ridge, to make it more accessible. Recent additions include rails on the stairs leading into the building and additional parking, including van accessible spots.

The county also added automatic doors for those in wheelchairs approximately two years ago.

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