Universal Access Program (UAP)

The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program provides outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state parks for visitors of all abilities.

Contact Us

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PO Box 484, Amherst, MA 01004


(413) 545-5995

Who we serve

The Universal Access Program ensures equal access to outdoor recreation in Massachusetts state parks. We're always working to improve and update our sites and buildings for you to visit. We also have specialized recreation equipment for you to use at beaches and skating rinks. And, we offer year-round adaptive recreation programs.

On our pages, you'll see the terms accessible and adaptive used. Accessible means a location or program meets the requirements of state and Federal accessibility standards. Adaptive means that an activity uses equipment and techniques that have been adapted to the user and their needs. If you have questions about whether you can access a site or a program, please contact us.

We invite you to use this website as a guide to discover the most accessible parks, forests, beaches, and events.

Upcoming Events from Universal Access Program

  • Adaptive sailing on the Charles River 

    21 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114
    April–October 31, 7 days a week on an appointment basis.
    Take adaptive sailing lessons or go out for a recreational sail with Community Boating, Inc.
  • Adaptive sports at Nickerson State Park 

    3488 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631
    May 14–October 12, days and times vary
    The McGraw Center for Adaptive Sports at Nickerson State Park offers programs hosted by Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers.
Image credits:  Hikers at Dunn State Park (Marcy Marchello)