Lovely, Accessible Sunnylands

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Here’s what I emailed to:


37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone (760) 202 2222

Copy to: Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, Disability Information Services

Greetings, lovely Sunnylands Visitor Center and Gardens,

As someone acutely aware of the need for greater accessible travel for those with mobility issues, I would like to express my gratitude for making Sunnylands Visitor Center and Gardens so easy to enjoy.

As my husband pushes me in my red transport chair around the center and gardens, I have noticed every accessibility detail from the, not one, but two ADA restroom facilities on the main floor to the very level surfaces between doors, etc. Such detail to accessibility makes a positive difference to someone utilizing a mobility device, and accounts in part for our repeated, return visits.

Although the ADA automatic door openers were not working on our last visit, the cheerful, yellow vested attendants anticipated our entrance and held the doors open. As always, they were so welcoming.

Tour van equipped with ramp

As for the garden pathways, they are appreciatively easy to navigate and flow smoothly. And of course, thank you for making entrance free to the public.

We have enjoyed the visitor center and gardens many times and The Open-Air Experience twice, but I have yet to be able to procure tickets for a tour of the historic estate itself. I’ll keep trying.

In the meantime, thank you again for making Sunnylands so accessible to everyone. Walter and Leonore Annenberg would be proud of the work you’re doing to uphold their stewardship.

With your permission, any response or additional comments you may like to add will be posted on my travel accessibility site:

Claire Szabo-Cassella

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