Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
- James Boydston
- Apr 17, 2023
Handi-Lift worked with FJ Sciame Construction and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy to provide wheelchair access to the Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, New York. A turning inclined platform lift was used to grant the most flexibility. A Garaventa Artira was painted to match the impressive granite stairs leading into the park. The lift travels straight up this long flight of stairs with towers securing the rails on every step for a total of 24 risers. The lift travels straight up this long flight of stairs with core drilled towers securing the rails on every step for a total of 24 risers. The lift has a 90-degree turn for parking at the lower landing and a 90-degree turn at the upper landing to fit the drive box and auxiliary power unit. Other features include a cellular phone line on the platform, illuminated call stations and painted stainless steel rails. The Installation was completed in 2021.
Because contractors were hesitant to disturb this historic park, Handi-Lift had to make numerous revisions when designing this lift. The Four Freedoms Park was built as a memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The park was designed by Louis Kahn shortly before his death in 1974. Louis had the final plans on his person when he died. Although it was not completed until 2012, the park was built based on much of the original design.
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