"Minneapolis is one of the most accessible cities you will ever find." — Richard F. Jost, executive director of the Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America
Minneapolis is a leader in its commitment to accessible public space. The city instituted a pedestrian ramping program for its streets decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect. Additionally:
- All of the city's downtown parks are accessible. - Miles of waterfront, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and regional parks (including Minnehaha Falls) are accessible. - More than seven miles of the skyway are accessible.
Public bus/rail service — Metro Transit's buses and trains are accessible. For additional information, call 612.349.7558 (TTY 612.602.0904) or visit Metro Transit.
Minneapolis Convention Center
The 2002 expansion brought the entire Minneapolis Convention Center up to current ADA standards. In fact, the building received the Minnesota Access Achievement Award, presented by the Minnesota Society of Architects, for its attention to access:
- All entrances in the front of the MCC have at least one set of power-assisted doors. - There are 3 unisex single-wheelchair restrooms. - Wheelchair seating and sound enhancement tools are available in the auditorium. - From the skyway, people can reach the first level of the MCC via accessible elevators and escalators. - Wheelchairs can negotiate walkways that are carpeted (no padding) with a depth of less than one half-inch of closely woven pile. In uncarpeted areas, the flooring is terrazzo tile. - The marshalling yard in the rear of the MCC may be used for raised van parking.