For Immediate Release Contact: Wendy Fox
STATE CELEBRATES INTRODUCTION OF NEW
ACCESSIBLE SAILING PROGRAM
BOSTON—Small sailboats on the Charles River, set against the city skyline, are a trademark image of Boston, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) new accessible sailing partnership will open up this experience to people of all abilities.
DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., today joined
representatives from Community Boating, Inc., to celebrate the launch of a new
accessible sailing program on the Esplanade in
“This event marks a significant step in expanding accessible
recreation programs in eastern
A private donation from Nancy and Gary Ranno-Carlston,
matched by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Office of
Public Private Partnerships, funded the $40,000 retrofitting of
“Community Boating is thrilled to be working closely with
DCR to make this groundbreaking program a reality,” said Community Boating
Executive Director Charles Zechel.
“While accessible sailing programs have been developed across the nation
and around the world, we believe that the
The program will be available for 20 days over the summer, with funding from DCR’s Universal Access Program and, in part, through a $6,000 charitable grant from Genzyme Corporation. The program will be held every Thursday through August 30, and select Saturdays and Sundays (July 1, July 7, July 15, July 21, July 29, August 4, August 12, August 18, August 26 and September 1) at Community Boating’s facility on the Esplanade. Staff assistance will be available for instruction and providing sailing excursions on the river, as well as helping participants in and out of the boats. The program costs $1 per person for the entire summer; pre-registration is required (call Community Boating at 617-523-1038 ext. 23).
The accessible sailing program joins the 16 other established outdoor recreation programs run by UAP in more than 30 DCR state parks, including kayaking, cycling, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and ice skating. More than 160 of these programs were run in 2006, serving more than 5,000 people, with the goal of increasing participation among persons with disabilities in indoor and outdoor recreation activities in integrated settings. For additional information, see http://www.mass.gov/dcr/universal_access/index.htm or call 413-545-5353 (voice) or 413-577-2200 (TTY).