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Groups working to make the outdoors more accessible in the Commonwealth


Outdoor activities bring in billions of dollars to the Bluegrass State. There are those who would see even more people take part in what Kentucky has to offer.

Gerry Seavo James is the Together Outdoors Coalition lead. His group works to bring organizations together to make the outdoors a more inclusive space.

In an interview with Eastern Standard, James mentioned one of the grant applications they received from Kentucky.

“There’s an organization that applied that is trying to increase the diversity of horseback riding. So, there’s a lot of, we have a lot really cool projects, lot of cool projects and a lot of need out there,” said James.

He said it is important to make outdoor areas more accessible.

“So thinking about things like tactile maps for folks that are blind, a de-escalation space for folks who are neurodivergent. Thinking about transportation options to get to those areas, is there public transportation to take folks to that area, if there isn’t can there be that service provided.”

James said his group is also working to get more people of color and members of the LGBTQI-plus community involved in outdoor activities.

There is more with Gerry Seavo James coming up on Eastern Standard later this week on WEKU.

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