(Mankato, MN) – For safety and accessibility, aisle hand rails were installed this week in the grand stand at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.
The addition came after City of Mankato officials recently toured the Frank with staff from SMILES Center for Independent Living. Officials say as part of Mankato’s recent investment in Franklin Rogers Park to benefit the community, compliance with the American Disabilities Act was a focus. Renovations cost about $4 million and were financed through sales tax and ballfield tenants.
Completed accessibility projects include:
- accessible picnic tables
- two ramps constructed–one into grand stand and another into elevated viewing area
- restroom doors were inspected and adjusted to ensure ease of operation
- there’s designated wheelchair access in ballfield observation area
- bleacher accessibility in-progress
- risers clearly marked to communicate change in elevation
Assessments underway include:
- designated wheelchair viewing areas
- reserved seating area accessibility
- review increasing existing accessibility on upper viewing area
- ramp availability to upper seating levels
Franklin Rogers Park is home to Mankato MoonDogs, Bethany Lutheran College, Loyola High School and Mankato Area Public Schools West High School. More than 200 games are played seasonally, entertaining more than 40,000 fans.