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Press Release DCR’s Universal Access Program Announces Date of Adaptive Recreation Fair

June 2, 2018 Event at Herter Park/Artesani Playground Open to People of All Abilities
For immediate release:
5/16/2018
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for DCR’s Universal Access Program Announces Date of Adaptive Recreation Fair

Troy Wall, Press Secretary

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BostonThe Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that the 14th Annual Adaptive Recreation Fair will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Herter Park/Artesani Playground, located at 1255 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. The event, sponsored by the agency’s Universal Access Program (UAP), will be held rain-or-shine and will bring together an array of adaptive recreation vendors for a fun-filled day of accessible and inclusive activities and networking along the Charles River.

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Universal Access Program provides programming, unique activities, and recreational opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy with their family and friends,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration continues to support programs and initiatives, like the UAP, in an effort to increase public access throughout the Commonwealth’s state parks system for all to benefit from.”

Adaptive recreation organizations will attend the fair to inform the public about the programs, products, and opportunities available to individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts. Organizations will showcase the wide range of adaptive equipment that assist people with disabilities to access the great outdoors. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for upcoming summer programs being held within state parks. Furthermore, the annual Adaptive Recreation Fair will feature product demonstrations, music, refreshments, and family-friendly activities, such as cycling, hiking, letterboxing, face painting, and games. Light snacks and bottled water will be provided free of charge while supplies last. Hot dogs and ice cream will be available for purchase in the afternoon.

Now in its 23rd year, DCR’s Universal Access Program provides year-round outdoor recreation experiences for people with disabilities in Massachusetts state parks. Summer programs provided by UAP include kayaking, canoeing, cycling, hiking, rowing, and sailing. Also, in the winter months, participants have the opportunity to enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kick-sledding, sit-skiing, and ice skating. Last year, approximately 5,500 individuals participated in DCR’s UAP coordinated or supported events.

“The Universal Access Program strives to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for visitors to participate in, regardless of ability,” said Universal Access Program Director Tom McCarthy. “The UAP’s Adaptive Recreation Fair serves as an excellent opportunity for people with disabilities to get outside, socialize, and connect with organizations across the region to find out about accessible recreation programs offered in the greater Boston area and beyond.”

For more details, call Laila Soleimani at 413-545-5759 or email laila.soleimani@state.ma.us. If you’d like to register to attend, please contact Donna Hubbard to register at 413-545-5760 or donna.hubbard@state.ma.us. For more information on DCR’s Universal Access Program, visit www.mass.gov/dcr/universal-access or call Rachael Lee at 413-545-5745.

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Media Contact for DCR’s Universal Access Program Announces Date of Adaptive Recreation Fair

Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

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