After a management transfer, Rish Park slated to reopen in 2023
Advocates for the disabled have called and written state government for more than a year, wanting to know when Florida’s only park specifically for people with disabilities will reopen. The William J. Rish Recreational Park has been closed since October 2018, leaving wheelchair users and others without “a barrier-free beach experience,” the park’s supporters say. The park had been managed by Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities. But groups such as the Friends of Billy Joe Rish Park and the
Wheelchair Highwaymen say they’ve gotten little information about repairs and renovations — another sign, they say, of how poorly the agency has managed the beachfront facility for decades.