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Casas Assistant City Attorney City of San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 78283-3966 Re: Complaint Number 204-76-35 Dear Mr. Casas: This letter is in reference to the complaints filed against the San Antonio Riverwalk alleging that it is inaccessible to individuals with disabilities in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Based on information received over the course of the past year, I understand that the City of San Antonio has taken the following steps to increase accessibility on the Riverwalk: 1. The narrow sidewalk around the tree on the north side of the 1968 Riverwalk extension has been widened to forty inches. 2. An elevator is planned to replace a ramp that is being removed as part of the Crockett Street Project. The elevator will be fully accessible and will be in operation on a twentyfour hour basis. 3. A project to provide comprehensive signage along the Riverwalk has been undertaken and will be completed shortly. 4. Plans are in the works to remove steps at several junctures along the Riverwalk. 5. Criteria have been developed to assure accessible riverboats along the Riverwalk. 6. The City has abandoned plans to construct an inaccessible bridge along the Riverwalk. Based on the foregoing information, and in anticipation of the completion of work mentioned above, we have concluded that the allegations that the San Antonio Riverwalk is inaccessible have been resolved, and we are closing our files on the case as of the date of this letter.
cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, Milton, FOIA n:\udd\milton\complnts\76_35.res\sc. young-parran 01-03660 -2This letter does not address other potential claims of discrimination on the basis of disability that may arise from the activities of the City of San Antonio. Rather, this letter is limited to the allegations presented in the complaints made to us. You should be aware that no one may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or engage in other discriminatory conduct against anyone because he or she has either taken action or participated in an action to secure rights protected by the ADA. Any individual alleging such harassment or intimidation may file a complaint with the Department of Justice. We would investigate such a complaint if the situation warrants. Under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. S 522, we may be required to release this letter and other correspondence and records related to your complaint in response to a request from a third party. Should we receive such a request, we will safeguard, to the extent permitted by the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, the release of information that could constitute an unwarranted invasion of other's privacy. Sincerely, Naomi Milton Attorney Disability Rights Section cc: Mr. Anthony A. Anzalone Mr. James R. Berg Mr. Bob Kafka and Ms. Stephanie Thomas 01-03661