Synopsis: The Pueblo ADA Advisory Committee is committed to making the city of Pueblo the most accessible city in Colorado. They are dedicated to finding solutions to make the city more accessible and inclusive for everyone in the community. 

Accessibility of public spaces is a crucial aspect of ensuring that everyone, regardless of their physical ability, can access and utilize these spaces. Physical accommodations such as ramps and elevators are essential for making public spaces accessible to individuals with disabilities.

These accommodations can greatly improve the accessibility of public spaces for wheelchair users and individuals with mobility impairments, allowing them to enter buildings and navigate spaces with greater ease and independence.

Entrances to public spaces should be designed to be easily accessible to all, with ramps or other accommodations provided for those who use wheelchairs or have difficulty with stairs.

Elevators are also important to consider, particularly in multi-story buildings, to provide an alternative to stairs and ensure that all areas of the building are accessible.

Beyond physical accommodations, it’s also important for public spaces to be designed with accessibility in mind, with features such as wide doorways and clear signage to help all visitors navigate the space. By prioritizing accessibility in the design of public spaces, we can ensure that everyone has equal access to these important community resources.

In recent years, there has been increased recognition of the importance of making public spaces accessible to all.

Governments and organizations around the world are working to make buildings and public spaces more inclusive. The focus is more on improving physical accommodations and promoting accessible design.

In addition to providing ramps and elevators, public spaces can also be made more accessible through the use of braille and tactile signage, audio announcements, and other features that cater to individuals with visual and hearing impairments.

By ensuring that public spaces are accessible to everyone, we can create a more inclusive society and help individuals with disabilities to fully participate in their communities.

This requires ongoing effort and investment, but the benefits of accessible public spaces are clear – they enable all individuals to live more independently, participate in community activities, and enjoy a higher quality of life.

The ADA Prohibits Disability Discrimination in Many Areas of Life

To prevent discrimination against people with disabilities, the ADA sets out requirements that apply to many of the situations you encounter in everyday life. Employers, state and local governments, businesses that are open to the public, commercial facilities, transportation providers, and telecommunication companies all have to follow the requirements of the ADA.

What is the Pueblo ADA Advisory committee’s mission?

The Pueblo ADA advisory committee has a number of locations and structures in mind for improvement to the accessibility of those with disabilities.

According to Sharon Campbell, co-chair of the advisory committee that offers guidance to city and county leaders on how to make Pueblo more accessible, some areas at two facilities — the Colorado State Fairgrounds and Pueblo Ice Arena — require greater accessibility.

“Our mission is to help Pueblo become the most accessible city in the state,” Campbell said. “This year, our focus is going to be more on accessibility for mobility impairment.”

Campbell said the committee believes there are multiple entrances at the fairgrounds that lack accessibility for people who use a wheelchair or live with other mobility impairments. Passes for handicap parking are also lacking, she said, adding that the committee hopes to work with state fair leaders to address the issues.

ADA committee eyes new projects

In its four-phase, 30-year master plan, the committee is eyeing plans to refurbish the Palace of Agriculture. The Phase I plan also includes accessibility improvements and new ADA entrances. 

According to Campbell, the committee’s worries about the Pueblo Ice Arena are safety-related. She explained that the location includes a wheelchair lift that can only be used with a specific key.

This requires someone who knows how to use the lift with the key should always be present anytime there is a hockey game or other event in case of an emergency.

According to Campbell, seating intended for those in wheelchairs and others with restricted mobility has also been used as “VIP” seating, obviating the requirement for persons with disabilities to use that space.

Campbell and the city are aware of the problem with the sidewalks in the Mesa Junction neighbourhood and other places of Pueblo. The city’s director of public relations, Andrew Hayes, said the city is trying to spend some of its recent funds — $10 million — on projects that improve pathways across Pueblo. 

Campbell said slow, incremental progress has been made in areas involving new construction and that some sidewalks are 5 feet wide, which is a focus for the city’s residential areas, according to Hayes, and is two feet wider than the minimum required for ADA compliance.

“Unfortunately, Pueblo is four cities put together from the 1800s,” Campbell said. “Some of those sidewalks were put in during the 1800s and they haven’t done so well. It’s a huge, huge issue and one that is not going to have a rapid solution unless we somehow get a hold of a couple billion dollars.”

In 1990, shortly after the Americans with Disabilities Act passed, the Department of Justice toured different Colorado cities to review how accessible they were. Pueblo flunked and so did every other city, Campbell said.

Despite the early issues, the city has made “tremendous progress,” Campbell said, adding that the committee is “excited” to see an increase in funds dedicated to roadway and sidewalk projects and repairs.

(The city) can do a lot more than they were able to do before,” Campbell said. “Before they had $4 million to work with, which sounds like a lot of money, but it doesn’t really go very far between the labor, size of concrete and inflation.”


In conclusion, the Pueblo ADA Advisory Committee is committed to making Pueblo the most accessible city in Colorado by implementing physical ADA accommodations that provide equal access and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

With their dedication and efforts towards improving accessibility, the city of Pueblo is poised to become a model for others in the state and beyond to follow. By prioritizing accessibility, Pueblo is ensuring that all members of its community have the chance to fully participate in all aspects of city life, which is a valuable and worthwhile endeavor.

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