Wheelchair access within reach of youth sports organizers


Posted on February 22, 2011

Rick Griffiths of Amramp in North Carolina is used to unexpected requests for wheelchair ramps. So when the call came from a coach at Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C., who needed a ramp for the school’s new press box, Rick was not fazed. Within two days, the problem was solved with a 63-foot modular Amramp.

Since Rick had installed ramps at Charlotte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame just a couple years ago, this high school stadium wheelchair ramp installation was simply a lap around the track.

That’s the beauty of Amramp ramps. They can be installed anywhere, usually within 48 hours. They can be rented for a weekend, a week or months, or even purchased outright.

Typically, the ramps are used in private homes and businesses where a permanent wheelchair ramp is prohibited, such as in a historic district, or when the ramp will only be needed for a limited time and building a wheelchair ramp is too costly.

Youth sports aren’t often thought of in terms of wheelchair access but the question does come up, especially when a press box is involved. School buildings, of course, must comply with all regulations flowing from the Americans with Disabilities Act. But, where outdoor sports are concerned, access and necessary ramps may be overlooked.

At Providence High School a new press box had been erected but it was not wheelchair accessible. The steel ramp, with handrails, from Amramp was the perfect solution. Press box access is a dilemma local recreation leagues and athletic associations that use public fields frequently encounter. In areas where Pop Warner football or Little League baseball involve dozens of teams and draw intense interest, a press box is an integral part of a sports program. Booster organizations often buy the ramp and donate it to the school or town.

Amramp’s first concern is safety; its patent-pending ramps meet ADA code and have a mesh platform to prevent wheelchairs from slipping and allow moisture to disperse.

With local budgets for schools and athletic activities tighter than ever, Amramp ramps become an increasingly attractive alternative to building a more expensive concrete or maintenance-intensive wooden ramp that would incur design and permitting costs.

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