Since 2015, over 1,000 Disabled Park Visitors have been Denied Access to the Museum and Observation Deck at Mount Diablo State Park! 

From 2012 to May 2107, Park Aides in the Summit Visitor Center counted Disabled Park Visitors and recorded the data on "Mount Diablo Summit Monthly Visitor Center Statistics (Month/Year)( Form 10.2012tw)" On April 2, 2017,  we submitted a Public Records Act for these documents from April 2015 to April  2017. Suddenly, in May 2017, Park Leadership stopped counting Disabled Park Visitors!

 

Please sign the Petition below to Install a Reliable Elevator for Disabled Visitors on Mount Diablo State Park (click red link below)

https://www.change.org/p/liz-mangat-director-california-state-parks-disabled-visitors-denied-access-to-museum-and-observation-deck-mount-diablo-state-park

Robert Myers and his son Robert Myers Jr traveled to the Summit ((3,849ft) on Mount Diablo State Park only to discover the “Elevator for the Disabled was Out of Service.” Every day on Mount Diablo a Disabled Park Visitor journeys to the Summit only to be told the “Elevator is Out of Service.”

Unfortunately, their story is similar to Over 1,000 Disabled Park Visitors who were looking forward to visiting the 2nd Floor Museum and 3rd Floor Observation Deck only to be been Denied Access from April 20, 2015 to the Present. 

Robert Jr was hoping to see the amazing views of San Francisco, Lassen Peak, Sierra Mountains and Central Valley from the 3rd Floor Observation Deck (3,849ft). When he heard the “Elevator was Out of Service,” he didn’t get upset, he was used to being Denied Access. He stood a little taller this day as he began to move slowly, up the steep, curvy slippery cement steps, willing his legs upward, one step at a time, stopping often to catch his breath and regain his strength. On this day, he was unwavering in his determination to make it to the top! Nothing was going to stop him from climbing the 38 steps to the Observation Deck.

We often take for granted how easy those 38 steps are at the Summit of Mount Diablo! Take a moment to walk in Roberts shoes for one hour, imagine his challenges and visualize his resolve especially, when he’s Denied Access.

According to State Parks documents; Over 900 Disabled Park Visitors were Denied Access from April 20, 2015 to July 30, 2017 to the 2nd floor Museum and the amazing view from the 3rd floor Observation Deck at the Summit of Mount Diablo State Park! According to documents received thru a Public Records Act request.

An average of 35 Disabled Park Visitors per month were Denied Access!

In April 2015, the old elevator was removed and a new elevator installed in June 2015. "Original estimate with DGS for the job was $140,008." "When the elevator was sub-bid out for installation by DCU the costs came in at $211,684 for total installation." After two years of delay the new elevator at the Summit Visitor Center was finally approved for operation on April 20, 2017.

Unfortunately, the elevator broke down several times, “Out of Service” on numerous occasions from April 20, 2017 to March 7, 2018. Throughout this period numerous Disabled Park Visitors were again Denied Access to the Museum and Observation Deck.

Numerous Park Staff and Disabled Park Visitors were struck in the elevator from April 20, 2017 to March 7, 2018.  The elevator was so unreliable and broke down so often; the elevator company, State Park maintenance and Park maintenance staff told " Park Staff not to get in the elevator."

Park Staff Officially declared the “Elevator Not Operational” on March 7, 2018!