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Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 7:17 am | Updated: 8:39 am, Wed Feb 7, 2018.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — Thanks to volunteer work and contributions from the community, Sky’s the Limit observatory on Utah Trail has concrete handicapped-accessible parking spaces.

An all-volunteer crew of ten, led by Bob Carter, wrangled concrete into place for handicapped parking slabs on Friday, Jan. 26.

Copper Mountain College Fire Technology Club provided 1000 gallons of water to prep the ground and Hi-Grade Materials Company contributed 20 yards of concrete.

A morning’s intense work resulted in ADA-compliant parking slabs for four vehicles and one van.

This was the final step in making the Observatory’s programs fully accessible to persons using wheelchairs and walkers.

In addition to Carter, Paul and Brandon Androshak, Larry Bowden, Kevin Cole, Jim Krushat, Danny Mintz, Mike Mintz, Les Snodgrass, and Jim Wheeler generously donated their time and skills.

Copper Mountain College Fire Technology Club Chief of Fire Training Jim Brakebill arrived early with Engine No. 1 to prep the ground with 1,000 gallons of water.

Not far behind was the first of two loads of concrete, provided by Jon Hove, President & CEO of Hi-Grade Materials Company.

Sky’s the Limit is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate hands-on experience for learning about the desert, earth, and sky.

In addition to star parties, opportunities for the public to view deep sky objects through a variety of telescopes, the campus welcomes school field trips to explore the nature trail of native plants, walk a scale model of the solar system and view the sun through a solar scope.

The completion of handicapped parking slabs is the final step in assuring that these programs are fully accessible to people of all abilities.

“We are so grateful to all those who donated the time, skill, and materials to make this possible,” Sky’s the Limit past president and co-founder Jerri Hagman said

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  • crixus posted at 11:50 pm on Thu, Feb 1, 2018.

    crixus Posts: 205

    Good job! [thumbup]

     

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