Wisconsin State Parks currently have nine cabins for people with disabilities. There are two rustic cabins and seven with more amenities.
These cabins are available only to those with disabilities preventing them from enjoying the State Park camping experience at a normal camping site.
The need for these cabins is overwhelming.
Even though each stay per family is currently limited to only 4 nights per year, the cabins continue to be booked solid during every camping season.
As the campground at Harrington Beach State Park was put on paper, one camping site, located near Pucket's pond, was designed to allow the construction of a new handicapped accessible cabin.
Each of these cabins is built with donated funds, matching grants, donated professional services from designers, architects, construction project managers, and plenty of volunteer labor from local skilled tradesmen. The friends group owns the cabin project during construction, and then turns it over to the State of Wisconsin on grand opening day.
Most of the preliminary work has already been done for us. The standardized design exists. Our sister park at Kohler Andrae will supply material list, specs, construction data and lessons learned.
In addition, a professional construction project manager (a board member of their friends group), will provide his services. He was both the project manager and lead carpenter for the Kohler Andrae Cabin Project.
Two organizations, Miller Engineering ITG and Strass Maguire Associates, in conjunction with New Horizons Un-Limited Inc., will provide our project with design services and state building approvals.
New Horizons, an organization that works to provide assistance to families with disabilities, is also assisting us with our fund raising activities.