A beach in Connecticut rolls out a welcome mat for those with disabilities
We all love casually strolling down to the beach to place our butts in the sand and even wade out into the cool salt water. But what about those people with mobility issues that don’t have the same luxury?
Well, a beach in Connecticut just rolled out a neat way for people with disabilities to roll themselves down and enjoy the beautiful ocean.
Anne Hotchkiss’ hair flowed with the wind as she rolled by a crowd of clapping onlookers in her black wheelchair.
“No speeding,” one man yelled as Hotchkiss confidently rode by.
“Did you bring the champagne,” another woman asked, as Hotchkiss approached the end of her demonstration.
About a dozen people gathered at Greenwich Point on Wednesday morning as the town rolled out a new 6-foot-wide vinyl mat that runs along the sand and up to the high tide line, providing improved beach access to people living with disabilities.
The mat was created by AccessRec, an organization that helps expand accessibility at beaches and other recreational community spaces. It has long spike-like features that run underneath it, which dig into the sand and keep the mat from shifting during use.
It’s the only mat of its kind at Greenwich Point. A similar but older mat at Byram Beach stops short of the water. “It really doesn’t take you down to the waterline the same way that we have accomplished here,” said Alan Gunzburg, secretary of the Lions Club of Greenwich, an international service organization dedicated to helping the blind and visually impaired.
The new fixture at Greenwich Point is a small but symbolic and welcoming gesture to people with mobility issues, according to their friends, families and other attendees.
Source Greenwich Time