[Source: Brian Ahnmark, Casa Grande Valley Newspaper] -- In less than four years, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument has undergone a transformation. Gone are the days of 1930s infrastructure, a time before the implementation of accessibility standards. In its place: restrooms, walkways and viewing platforms designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act - and enhance the visitor experience for all park guests. Larry Stewart, facility manager, has been the driving force behind the monument's push for ADA compliance since 2004. On Nov. 1, the National Parks Service honored Stewart as winner of the 2007 Accessibility Achievement Award.
NPS also recognized five parks, one service center, two other individuals, and one friends group. Each of the winners received a plaque presented by Deputy Director Dan Wenk during a ceremony at the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C. The Accessibility Achievement Award program, initiated in 1998, recognizes "outstanding accomplishments by parks, partners, or employees that result in greater opportunities for persons with disabilities." Stewart was honored "for initiating upgrades on park infrastructure to meet universal accessibility standards."
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