Ruth Hardy Park: ADA Action Request

Greetings, City Manager of Palm Springs, David Ready,

This winter marks our third time to Palm Springs as snowbirds. The warm California sun is helpful for the physical and emotional aspects of living with muscular dystrophy, a neuromuscular condition that has impacted my strength and mobility.

There are several places in the valley we could’ve chosen to spend the winter, but we chose Palm Springs because Ruth Hardy Park has become a daily favorite outing.

On an energetic day, I ride my red mobility scooter; on a not-so-energetic day, my husband pushes me in my transport chair, also red. We both appreciate the well-maintained, paved trails that meander through the park’s various offerings, including the wellness stations (many suitable for wheelchair users) that I use quite a bit. (See attached photo.)

Ruth Hardy Park bathroom stalls

One aspect of the park that the city could improve upon is the bathroom facilities. (Oi.) They are in serious need of an ADA upgrade, including a wide berth stall and grab bars. Without these improvements, it is dangerous and very challenging to use the facilities. (See attached photo. It is impossible to maneuver a wheelchair in these stalls.)


It is my sincere hope that Palm Springs will soon provide adequate ADA accessibility and equipment for the Ruth Hardy Park bathroom facilities so that everyone, regardless of ability or disability, may further enjoy one of the gems of the city.

A reply would be appreciated.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Claire Szabo-Cassella

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The above letter was sent to:

David Ready, City Manager
Palm Springs City Hall
3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Phone: (760) 322-8362
Fax: (760) 323-8207

Official Response:

Ms. Szabo-Cassella,

My sincerest apologies in a delayed response to your inquiry.

I have left you a voice message to your phone tonight, and as I mentioned the City is completing its work to finalize a capital budget for the next fiscal year.

Of importance and priority for the City is continuing our efforts to improve access to our public facilities, and we are considering budget to improve many of our older public restrooms.

That being said, we are working to obtain quotes from contractors to improve the Ruth Hardy Park restrooms.

I do not yet have a time frame, but can update you once we have selected a contractor and are ready to start the work.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Thank you,

Marcus L. Fuller, MPA, PE, PLS
Assistant City Manager
City of Palm Springs
3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-8380




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