Historical Marker Dedication: Will-A-Way Recreation Area

Friday, Apr 22, 2022
11:00 am

On April 22, 2022, please join the Georgia Historical Society for the dedication of a historical marker for Will-A-Way Recreation Area. The dedication will take place at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia.

Will-A-Way Recreation Area historical marker dedication
Friday, April 22, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.
Fort Yargo State Park
210 S Broad Street, Winder, Georgia 30680


The historical marker reads:

Will-A-Way Recreation Area

Completed in 1971, Will-A-Way Recreational Area was the nation’s first comprehensive outdoor recreational facility designed for people with disabilities. Beginning in 1966, the Georgia Department of State Parks met with multiple agencies to develop a recreation area that would eliminate the physical and psychological barriers experienced by people with disabilities. The state selected Fort Yargo State Park as the site for the recreational area due to its proximity to a large percentage of Georgia’s population. Created through matching state and federal funds, Will-A-Way consisted of a day-use area, group camp, and family cabins. Nearly 20 years before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) requiring equal rights for people with disabilities, Will-A-Way served as a model for other states seeking to build more inclusive recreational areas.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and Camp Twin Lakes