Henricus Historical Park

Results from VisitAble's Accessibility Test

Section

Parking

Description of Section

This includes the number of accessible parking spaces, the labeling of the accessible parking spaces, and the accessibility of the accessible parking spaces.

Details

  • There are 4 total accessible spaces, 2 marked as “Van accessible,” and all accessible parking spaces are less than 100 feet away from the historical park entrance, or the visitor center entrance respectively.

  • The parking lot and access aisle surface is asphalt, and virtually flat.

  • The 4 spaces have access aisles and have accessible post mounted signage and wheel stops.

  • Most of the signage is below 60 inches above the ground, and all of the pavement markings have faded over time.

Section

Pathway to Entrance and Entrance

Description of Section

This includes the accessibility of the pathway from the accessible parking spaces to the entrance (including curb ramps, ground/floor surfaces, etc.) and the accessibility of the entrance itself (widths of doors, lips under doors, etc.).

Details

  • There are accessible, level pathways from the accessible parking to the entrances of the visitor center, educational center, and the historic section of the park.

  • Pathways are all at least 36 inches wide.

  • There are numerous picnic tables to sit at in front of the visitor center and educational center.

  • There is minimal signage to direct guests where to go, or to identify which buildings are which, and minimal braille or tactile characters or digital alternatives for any of the signage.

  • The parking lot surface is flush with the sidewalk surface so there is no need for curb ramps.

  • There are no truncated domes to help signify the transition to or from the parking lot and sidewalk.

Section

Interior Pathways

Description of Section

This includes accessibility of different items in the location, pathways in the location, signage, cleanliness of pathways, how steep pathways are, presence of inaccessible areas, accessibility of doors not covered by other sections, accessibility of any complimentary water/refreshments/snacks, and the presence and accessibility of any seating.

Details

  • The surface of the location’s outdoor paths are mostly gravel and dirt pathways that are relatively flat, but are uneven and sloped at times, with some tree roots, twigs, and other debris along the way, and the pathways are at least 36 inches wide.

  • The recreated historical structures often have small steps or thresholds to access them and sloped pathways up to them which may be a challenge for some.

  • The interior of most of the historic structures have at least some space to maneuver mobility devices.

  • Rocke Hall, and The Ordinary have upstairs spaces that are only accessed by stairs.

  • Stairs in Rocke Hall may be a challenge for some as they are narrow, curved and lacking handrails at some points.

  • Ceilings and doorways are less than 80 inches high in some of the historic structures.

  • The Church/Meeting Hall, The Hospital, and The Ordinary within the historic area are temperature controlled spaces with electricity, but the remaining structures within the historic area rely on natural lighting and ventilation which may be difficult for some.

  • The interior spaces of the educational center, visitor center, and the restroom are hard surfaced tile, or carpet tile in the visitor center.

  • Some of the staircases and ramps on site do not have handrails or handrail extensions, and some of the pathways on the site are fairly steep, which may be a challenge for some, so use caution when navigating.

  • There are some outdoor seating options available with seating surfaces at accessible heights, and there are quite a few picnic tables, particularly near the visitors center and the river bluff.

  • The educational center is a large, relatively open space, with tables and chairs at accessible heights.

  • The point of sale counter in the visitors center is 36 inches above the floor, and the card reader is easily movable.

  • There is some merchandise in the visitor center that is greater than 48 inches above the floor, which may be difficult to reach for some.

  • The site is generally not too noisy, except during reenactments or cannon firings which are scheduled ahead of time.

  • There are quiet spaces available in the educational center, and outside on the river bluff. Ask staff for a more quiet, private space if needed.

  • There are water fountains available outside of the educational center, one at an accessible height, and one that is higher. The path to the water fountains is made of loose gravel which may be difficult for some.

Section

Bathrooms

Description of Section

This includes bathrooms being labeled as accessible, the width of bathroom and accessible stall doors, location of doors, height of door openers off the floor, weight of doors, presence of appropriate grab bars, the ability for a customer using a wheelchair to completely turn around in the bathroom/accessible stall, the height of the flush controls off the floor, the reachability of the sink/toilet paper/soap/drying equipment/lights, and the height of mirrors off the floor.

Details

  • There are four gendered, multi-stall restrooms, two male and two female.

  • One set of restrooms is located near the visitor center, and the other is next to The Ordinary, within the historic site - the path to the set of restrooms in the historic site has about a 2.5-3 inch step up to access it.

  • There is good identification signage for each restroom, with high contrast, braille, and tactile characters.

  • The interior of each restroom is spacious and each one has an accessible stall that is at least 60 inches wide by 60 inches deep with room for individuals using wheelchairs and mobility devices to turn around.

  • The grab bars in the two restrooms near the visitor center are 37 inches above the floor, and the side grab bar in the men’s restroom by the ordinary is only 36 inches long and is further than 12 inches from the rear wall.

  • The coat hook on the back of the stall door for the men’s restroom near the Ordinary is greater than 48 inches above the floor.

  • None of the accessible stall doors are fully self-closing.

  • The sinks, soap and hand dryers are all at accessible heights in all restrooms and the lights are automatic.

  • Be mindful of some exposed piping under the sinks.

Section

Amenities

Description of Section

This includes the presence of accessibility features to make this establishment go above and beyond the accessibility of other establishments of the same type.

Details

  • There is a wheelchair, walker, and golf cart available upon request (we recommend calling ahead at least 3 business days in advance if you need to use the golf cart), and there is a step stool in the visitor center, if needed.

  • There are automatic lights in each restroom.

  • There are coat hooks provided for all accessible stall doors.

  • There is bottled water available for purchase.

  • There are dry erase boards for alternative communication, and earplugs for those with sensory sensitivities, and there are plastic cups, straws, and lids available.

  • The employees are going through, or have completed, disability etiquette training in an effort to provide the same level of customer service to all customers.

  • There are some electrical outlets throughout the park that are at accessible heights.

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