DCR Access News

The DCR Universal Access Program produces a free newsletter two times per year highlighting current developments in outdoor recreation at state parks.

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A sketch showing figures engaged in winter recreation. Two figures are riding a snowmobile while another two are being towed behind in a chariot. Another figure is sitsking down a hill. Two figures are using a kicksled, with one figure sitting while the other stands on the runners and pushes. A figure with snowshoes is using two ski poles. Another figure in a wheelchair is wheeling across the ground.

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Winter 2019

Volume 23, Issue 1

DCR’s Universal Access Program is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities. Accessibility to Massachusetts state parks is achieved through site improvements, specialized adaptive recreation equipment, and accessible recreation programs.

We invite you to use this newsletter to discover the most accessible recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state parks! Please contact our office for copies in alternative formats.

Before you come

Pre-Register

Get into the activity sooner when you arrive!  Come with your release form filled out!

In the event of poor weather: Contact the providing organization listed below.

Need to cancel?

Please call the providing organization and leave a message.

NEW! Outdoor Winter Program at Dunn State Park

Nothing says winter quite like outdoor ice skating! Join us Fridays for skating under the new pavilion at this beautiful state park! Enjoy skating and snowshoeing excursions and warm up by the fireplace. Bring your own skates or use an ice sled to glide around the rink! Skate walkers, helmets, snowshoes and ice grippers are also available.

A pavilion with a wide roof sits in a grassy field dusted with snow. The pavilion has a concrete pad and path leading up to it. An ice rink is set up under the roof.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required! If you’d like to sign up to attend, please visit All Out Adventures' online registration page, email sue@alloutadventures.org, or call (413) 584-2052.

Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
January 11
January 18
February 1
February 8
Weather make-up date: March 8

Community Ice Skating Available in Fall River!

Bring your students and clients to skate at Driscoll Rink in Fall River! Skaters can come as they are on wheelchairs, use ice sleds, conventional skates or ice grippers. There are 6 ice sleds, 12 skate walkers, and 9 ice grippers available for use.

 

A man wearing a hockey helmet and mittens is standing behind a woman who is sitting in an ice sled. The man is waving. The woman is holding her hockey sticks in the air. They are both smiling.

Pre-registration is required. Admission and skate rental fees apply. Skaters must bring their own helmets and be able to get on and off the ice, in and out of equipment, and skate independently or with the assistance of accompanying staff. For more information and to schedule a weekday adaptive skating session email spereira@fmcicesports.comor call (508) 679-3274.

Indoor Ice Skating Opportunities

Come play on the ice at one of the programs listed! Lace up a pair of conventional skates or slide around the ice in your wheelchair. Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers are also available. Activities may include obstacle courses, a block tower, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, and gently competitive hockey matches.

Admission and equipment are provided free of cost. Pre-registration is required. Contact the person listed to sign up today!

A skater wearing a warm winter coat is sitting in an ice sled. The skater is wearing a helmet, and holding two short hockey sticks. Cones are set up on the ice near the skater.

Fitzpatrick Skating Rink, Holyoke

Sundays: 1 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

January 13, February 10, March 10

To sign up call (857) 260-1519 or email laila.soleimani@mass.gov.

Asiaf Skating Rink, Brockton


Sundays: 1:20 p.m.–3:10 p.m.

January 6, 20, February 3, 17, March 3

To sign up, please visit All Out Adventures' online registration page, email sue@alloutadventures.org, or call (413) 584-2052.

Buffone Skating Rink, Worcester

Thursdays: 10 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

January 24, March 14

To sign up, please visit All Out Adventures' online registration page, email sue@alloutadventures.org, or call (413) 584-2052.

Driscoll Skating Rink, Fall River

Wednesdays: 11 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

January 30, February 27

To sign up call (857) 260-1519 or email laila.soleimani@mass.gov.

Porrazzo Skating Rink, East Boston

Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

January 15, February 12, March 5

To sign up call (857) 260-1519 or email laila.soleimani@mass.gov.

Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers’ Community Sled Hockey at DCR Rinks

Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers offer adaptive sled hockey at DCR-owned rinks as part of their Sears Adaptive Hockey Program. Practices include skill training and small games with options for competitive play.

Cost: $5 per session or $100 season pass. Free for Veterans.

To register, call (877) 976-7272 or visit their online calendar.

Two sled hockey players are next to each other on the ice. One of the players is wearing a green uniform and the other is wearing a red uniform. Both players are wearing helmets with face masks, shoulder pads, and large gloves. The players are looking off to the right.

 

Veterans Memorial Rink, Everett

Sundays: 12 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

12/30, 1/6, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24 & 3/31

DCR Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink, Charlestown

Wednesdays: 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, & 3/13

Outdoor Programs

Hit the Trails this Winter with Stavros Outdoor Access! Cost for these programs is by donation. For more information or to register contact Brenda Kennedy Davies: (413) 259-0009

DAR State Forest, Goshen

Visit the accessible trail while taking in beautiful views of snowy Highland Lake on snowshoes, skis, a kicksled, or a sit-ski. Bring your lunch and enjoy hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register for transportation!

A man is sitting in a sit ski with his legs stretched out straight in front of him, and held in place with straps. The skier is holding two short ski poles, one of them raised in the air. A frozen lake is visible behind the skier.

Times vary (call for details)

Friday January 11, Thursday March 7

Leo J. Martin Ski Track, Weston

This popular location offers outdoor recreation on a groomed course. Register for an hour-long adventure on the trails using a kicksled, sit-ski, snowshoes, or cross-country skis. Call to inquire about weekday programs!

Two people are using snowshoes and ski poles on a snow-covered field. In front of them, a sit skier is wrapped up in a blanket, with a belt around their waist. The skier is being guided down a gentle slope  by a person standing behind them and holding on to the sit ski.

Sundays: 12 p.m.–4 p.m.

January 27, February 3, 10, 24 & Monday (President’s Day), February 18

Fun with All Out Adventures at Wendell State Forest

Enjoy the winter woods with outdoor ice skating, gentle sled hockey, cross-country skiing, sit-skiing, snowshoeing, kicksledding, and snowmobile rides (as weather conditions permit). Bring a lunch and warm up by the wood stove before heading out on the groomed trails for a group excursion! No cost to attend! Pre-registration is required! To sign up, please visit All Out Adventures' online registration page, email sue@alloutadventures.org, or call (413) 584-2052.

A woman is sitting in a ski with outriggers, wrapped in a sleeping bag. A man behind the skier is pushing her with handles on the back of the sit ski. Another man in front is pulling the skier with straps attached to the sit ski.

Saturdays: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

January 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16 & 23

March 2 & 9

AOA also runs senior snowshoeing programs throughout the winter at Wendell State ForestDAR State Forest, and Mt. Tom State Reservation. For details, visit www.alloutadventures.org or call AOA at (413) 584-2052.

More adaptive fun at DCR Parks!

Want to learn how to ski or kicksled, but can’t make it to one of our Sunday programs? The Weston Ski Track (WST), operating out of Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Weston, provides private lessons with experienced instructors. Staff works with individuals of all ages and abilities. WST staff can accommodate individuals and small groups weekdays and weekends by appointment only! Advanced notice allows staff to customize your lesson. For more information or to sign up, contact Deb Laufer at deb@paddleboston.com or (617) 965-5110, ext. 0.

Learn to sit-ski at Mt. Wachusett in Princeton with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers. Beginners and those with previous experience welcome. Thursdays from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on January 10, February 14, 28 & March 8 Cost: $50 If you’d like to register, visit https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org or call (877) 976-7272.

A skier skis down a hill on a mono ski. The skier has two short poles with ski blades on the end of them, which the skier is pressing against the snow to steer.

Spring Things

Join Waypoint Adventure for one of the following outdoor programs to challenge yourself in a supportive environment with encouraging staff. For details or to register for a Waypoint program, contact Julia at jspruance@waypointadventure.org or (781) 325-7980.

Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Sit-skiing (depending on trail conditions).

This program is for teens and adults with disabilities. and is custom-designed for participants. Off-road hiking chairs, footwear, and layers are available.

Sunday, March 24 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover

Cost: $10 per person

A hiker is using a wheelchair with levers and rugged tired to move through woods dusted lightly with snow. Another hiker is assisting with a push behind the chair. Several other hikers are visible behind them.

Rock Climbing Clinic

Sign-up for an hour-long rock climbing session. Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Quincy Quarries (rain date is Saturday, May 4)

Cost: $20 per person

15th Annual Adaptive Recreation Fair

Join UAP to meet other adaptive organizations and sign up for summer activities! Enjoy adaptive cycling, hiking, equipment demonstrations, face painting, music, refreshments, games and more!

Saturday, June 1 from 10a.m.–3 p.m. at Herter Park/Artesani Playground in Brighton.

Three smiling people are standing in front of a table set up in a grassy field, covered with a canopy. The table is covered with art and activities. Several other tables and canopies are visible in the field behind them.

For more information or to register, call Donna at donna.hubbard@mass.gov or (413) 545-5760.

Volunteers needed for face painting, hiking/letterboxing, cycling, adaptive games, refreshments, and other stations! To get involved, contact Laila at
Laila.Soleimani@mass.gov or (857) 260-1519.

Accessible Yurt Camping: Reserve now for summer 2019!

Stay in an accessible DCR yurt at Shawme-Crowell State Forest in Sandwich, Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, or Nickerson State Park in Brewster.

Small yurts sleep up to 4 people, while large yurts sleep up to 6 people. Yurts range in price from $45–$70 per night.

Campground reservations open 6 months in advance and fill up fast, so plan ahead! To make a reservation or for more info, contact Rachael at
rachael.lee@mass.gov or (413) 992-8048.

A round green yurt with a sloping tan roof sits in a grassy clearing. The yurt has a screen door. Woods are visible in the background.

Winter 2018/2019 Calendar of Events

Date

Day

Time

Location

Activity

November 18

Sunday

1:00–2:50

Fitzpatrick Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

November 27

Tuesday

11:30–1:20

Porrazzo Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

December 9

Sunday

1:00–2:50

Fitzpatrick Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

December 18

Tuesday

11:30–1:20

Porrazzo Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

January  6

Sunday

1:20–3:10

Asiaf Rink

Assisted Public Skating

January 11

Friday

TBD

DAR State Park

Outdoor Recreation

January 11

Friday

10:30-2:30

NEW! Dunn State Park

Outdoor Skating/Snowshoeing

January 12

Saturday

11:00-3:00

Wendell State Forest

Outdoor Recreation

January 13

Sunday

1:00–2:50

Fitzpatrick Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

January 15

Tuesday

11:30–1:20

Porrazzo Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

January 18

Friday

10:30-2:30

NEW! Dunn State Park

Outdoor Skating/Snowshoeing

January 19

Saturday

11:00-3:00

Wendell State Forest

Outdoor Recreation

January 20

Sunday

1:20–3:10

Asiaf Rink

Assisted Public Skating

January 24

Thursday

10:00-11:50

Buffone Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

January 26

Saturday

11:00–3:00

Wendell State Forest

Outdoor Recreation

January 27

Sunday

12:00–4:00

Leo J. Martin Ski Track

X-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

January 30

Wednesday

11:00–12:50

Driscoll Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

February 1

Friday

10:30–2:30

NEW! Dunn State Park

Outdoor Skating/Snowshoeing

February 2

Wendell

11:00–3:00

Wendell State Forest

Outdoor Recreation

February 3

Sunday

12:00–4:00

Leo J. Martin Ski Track

X-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

February 3

Sunday

1:20–3:10

Asiaf Rink

Assisted Public Skating

February 8

Friday

10:30–2:30

NEW! Dunn State Park

Outdoor Skating/Snowshoeing

February 9

Saturday

11:00-3:00

Wendell State Forest

Outdoor Recreation

February 10

Sunday

1:00–2:50

Fitzpatrick Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

February 10

Sunday

12:00–4:00

Leo J. Martin Ski Track

X-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

February 12

Tuesday

11:30–1:20

Porrazzo Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

February 16

Saturday

11:00-3:00

Wendell State Forest

Outdoor Recreation

February 17

Sunday

1:20–3:10

Asiaf Rink

Assisted Public Skating

February 18

Monday

12:00–4:00

Leo J. Martin Ski Track

X-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

February 23

Saturday

11:00-3:00

Wendell State Forest

Outdoor Recreation

February 24

Sunday

12:00–4:00

Leo J. Martin Ski Track

X-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

February 27

Wednesday

11:00–12:50

Driscoll Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

March 2 Saturday 11:00–3:00 Wendell State Forest Outdoor Recreation
March 3 Sunday 1:20–3:10 Asiaf Rink Assisted Public Skating

March 5

Tuesday

11:30–1:20

Porrazzo Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

March 7

Thursday

TBD

DAR State Park

Outdoor Recreation

March 8 Friday 10:30–2:30 NEW! Dunn State Park Outdoor Skating/Snowshoeing
March 9 Saturday 11:00–3:00 Wendell State Forest Outdoor Recreation

March 10

Sunday

1:00–2:50

Fitzpatrick Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

March 14

Thursday

10:00-11:50

Buffone Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

June 1 Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Herter Park/Artesani Playground Adaptive Recreation Fair

Past Issues

Past issues of DCR Access News from 2011 onward are available in PDF format. Please contact our office for copies in alternate formats.

Contact

Fax

(413) 545-5995

Address

PO Box 484
Amherst, MA 01004
Date published: December 21, 2018
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