Adaptive recreational programs and events

Discover adaptive recreation programs in Massachusetts state parks. These programs offer specialized equipment, modifications, and staff support and instruction.

The Universal Access Program offers guided adaptive recreation programs year-round and statewide. We strive to make our programs accessible to as many people as possible. We want our programs to feel welcoming, safe, and approachable to people with disabilities.

Our structured programs offer adaptive equipment and gear. Our staff have experience in providing activity instruction and support to people with a broad range of disabilities. We choose our programs locations to be as accessible as possible to people using mobility devices. Our program bases have accessible parking close by.

You will need to pre-register to attend a program. We understand that our program designs and locations may not be accessible to you depending on your individual situation. If you need an accommodation, please let us know during registration. We will do our best to provide the type of support you need to take part in our programs.

Each program has Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC). For safety and risk management considerations, everyone who attends our programs must meet these EEC. If you have questions about the EEC or about accommodations at programs, please get in touch with us.

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Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 28 Accessible ice skating at Arthur R. Driscoll Memorial Rink 

    272 Elsbre St, Fall River, MA 02720
    Wednesday, February 28, 2024
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize at Arthur R. Driscoll Memorial Rink in Fall River Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.
  • Feb. 29 adaptive outdoor winter recreation at DAR State Forest 

    78 Cape St., Goshen, MA 01032
    Thursday, February 29, 2024
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Enjoy adaptive winter recreation on the accessible trail around Highland Lake.
  • March 3 Accessible ice skating at Henry J. Fitzpatrick Rink 

    575 Maple St, Holyoke, MA 01040
    Sunday, March 3, 2024
    11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize at Fitzpatrick Memorial Rink in Holyoke. Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.
  • March 6 Accessible ice skating at Porrazzo Memorial Rink 

    199 Coleridge St, East Boston, MA 02128
    Wednesday, March 6, 2024
    11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize at Porrazzo Memorial Rink. Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.
  • March 8 Accessible ice skating at Gardner Veterans Rink 

    45 Veterans Drive , Gardner, MA 01440
    Friday, March 8, 2024
    10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize at Gardner Memorial Rink in Gardner. Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.
  • March 10 Accessible ice skating at John G. Asiaf Memorial Rink 

    702 Belmont St, Brockton, MA 02301
    Sunday, March 10, 2024
    12:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize at John G. Asiaf Memorial Rink in Brockton. Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.
  • March 11 Accessible ice skating at Charles J. Buffone Rink 

    284 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
    Monday, March 11, 2024
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize at Charles J. Buffone Rink in Worcester Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.
  • March 14 Accessible ice skating at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink 

    1267 South Church St, North Adams, MA 01247
    Thursday, March 14, 2024
    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Skate, play, and socialize at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink in North Adams. Come in your chair, take a spin in an ice sled, use a skate walker, or lace up some conventional skates during our adaptive skating program.

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