Suggestions from an Expert
Beth Stombaugh is passionate about the outdoors. Indeed, on any given day, you might find this resident of Gulfport, Florida, visiting local greenspaces to indulge in her hobby of wildlife photography. Beth has also been a manual wheelchair user all her life and is an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. This first-hand knowledge of accessibility issues made her the perfect person to report on accessibility at local parks and beaches throughout St. Pete/Clearwater, a project she undertook in spring 2022. Before retiring and moving to Florida, Beth taught special education in Ohio for 24 years.
Beth’s Top Picks
When we asked Beth to name some of her favorite parks, it was hard for her to narrow them down. We have so many wonderful parks! Eventually, five rose to the top of her list: Largo Central Park Nature Preserve in Largo, Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde, Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, plus Crescent Lake Park and Sawgrass Lake Park, both in St. Pete. The reasons for her choices included long boardwalks through diverse ecosystems, plenty of wildlife sightings and wheelchair-accessible overlooks, picnic tables, parking and bathrooms.
Find links to three stories about accessibility in St. Pete/Clearwater parks below, arranged by geography.