Adaptive program schedule

See a list of the current adaptive and accessible programming offered in state parks.

Adaptive, accessible programming is offered seasonally by the Universal Access Program. Our calendar of events is published in May and December of each year. You can see a list of our upcoming programs, or see the schedule for the whole season below. If you would like to get on our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events and activities, please contact us.

Pre-registration and a current release form are required for all programs.

New! Outdoor skating

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.

Nothing says winter quite like outdoor ice skating! Join us Fridays for skating under the new pavilion at Dunn State Park in Gardner! 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.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required! If you’d like to sign up to attend, please contact Jackie Brown jackie.brown@mass.gov or (413) 577-3840.

Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
January 11, January 18
February 1, February 8

Indoor ice skating and games on ice

Lace up a pair of conventional skates or slide around the ice on your manual or power wheelchair. Ice sleds are also available to glide around—propel yourself with small hockey sticks or be pushed around the rink by a friend.

Activities on the ice include obstacle courses, a tower of blocks for building up and crashing down, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, power chair games, and gently competitive hockey matches.

Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers, and ice skates are available for use, free of charge.

Skaters will need to pre-register, meet our essential eligibility criteria for ice skating, and fill out a release form. Please come dressed warmly for the rink temperatures, which may be 20–40 degrees Fahrenheit.

A woman in an ice sled, a girl on skates, and a young boy are standing in a pile of colorful blocks. They are smiling at the camera. The girl is spreading a colorful spotted cape with her arms, and wearing a hat with ears and a plush tail.
Skaters playing with colorful, stackable blocks on the ice.

Fitzpatrick Memorial Rink, Holyoke

Sundays, 1 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

November 18, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10

Pre-register by calling Jackie at (413) 577-3840 or emailing jackie.brown@mass.gov.

Porrazzo Memorial Rink, East Boston

Tuesdays, 11:30am–1:20pm

November 27, December 18, January 15, February 12, March 5

Pre-register by calling Laila at (857) 260-1519 or emailing laila.soleimani@mass.gov

Driscoll Memorial Rink, Fall River

Wednesdays, 11am–12:50am

January 30, February 27

Pre-register by calling Laila at (857) 260-1519 or emailing laila.soleimani@mass.gov.

Buffone Memorial Rink, Worcester

Thursdays, 10am–11:50am

January 24, March 14

Pre-register by calling Jackie at (413) 577-3840 or emailing jackie.brown@mass.gov.

Adaptive skating during public skating

This adaptive skating program takes place during public skating time, on a separate section of the rink. You can lace up a pair of conventional skates or slide around the ice on your manual or power wheelchair. Ice sleds are also available to glide around—propel yourself with small hockey sticks or be pushed around the rink by a friend. Grab a hockey stick and practice gently passing a puck around!

Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, and ice skates are available for use, free of charge.

Skaters will need to pre-register, meet our essential eligibility criteria for ice skating, and fill out a release form. Please come dressed warmly for the rink temperatures, which may be 20–40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Asiaf Memorial Rink, Brockton

Sundays, 1:20pm–3:10pm

January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3

Pre-register by calling Jackie at (413) 577-3840 or emailing jackie.brown@mass.gov.

Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers Community Sled Hockey

Play sled hockey with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) at DCR's Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett and DCR's Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink in Charlestown. Practices include skills training and games while ensuring age appropriate instruction and play.

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

To register, visit the SASC online calendar, call (877) 976-7272, or email spauldingadaptivesports@partners.org.

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.

Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink in Charlestown

Sundays, 12 p.m.–1:50 p.m. 

September 16, 23, 30

October 7, 21, 28

November 4, 11, 18, 25

December 2, 9, 16, 30

January 6

February 3, 10, 24

March 3, 17, 24, 31

Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett

2 p.m.–4 p.m.

November 14, 28

December 5, 19

January 9, 23

February 6, 20

March 6, 13

Outdoor winter programs

A group of people is standing in the snow in a forest. They are wearing warm winter clothing. Some of the people have grippers on their boots. One person is sitting in a sit ski with a push handle on the back of it. Another person is holding short ski poles and sitting in a kicksled. Everyone is smiling.
Try a kicksled, a sit ski, or snowshoes on the trails this winter!

DAR State Forest, Goshen

Visit the accessible trail while taking in beautiful views of snowy Highland Lake on snowshoes, skis, a kick sled, or a sit-ski. Bring your lunch and enjoy hot chocolate around a campfire. Call to register for transportation! Call Brenda at (413) 259-0009.

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! Call Brenda at (413) 259-0009.

Sundays: 12 p.m.–4 p.m.

January 27, February 3, 10, 24

Monday, February 18 (President’s Day)

Wendell State Forest, Wendell

Enjoy the winter woods with All Out Adventures. Try 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, but pre-registration is required.
Call (413) 577-3840 or email jackie.brown@mass.gov to sign up!

Saturdays: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

January 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16 & 23

(March 2 & 9 are “snow dates”)

All Out Adventures (AOA) also runs senior snowshoeing programs throughout the winter at Wendell State Forest, DAR State Forest, and Mt. Tom State Reservation. For details, visit AOA's website or call them at (413) 584-2052.

More adaptive fun at DCR parks!

Cross-country skiing at Leo J. Martin Ski Track,Weston

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.

Downhill skiing at Mt. Wachusett State Reservation, Princeton

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 he is pressing against the snow to steer.

Learn to downhill sit-ski at Mt. Wachusett in Princeton with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers. Beginners and those with previous experience welcome. To register, visit http://sasc.spauldingrehab.org or call (877) 976-7272.

Thursdays from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

January 10, February 14, 28 & March 8 (Annual Veteran's Day)

Cost: $50

 

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 at Harold Parker State Forest, Andover.

Activities vary, 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.

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 at Quincy Quarries, Quincy.

Sign-up for an hour-long rock climbing session.

Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (rain date is Saturday, May 4)

Cost: $20 per person

15th Annual Adaptive Recreation Fair, Herter Park/Artesani Playground, Brighton

Join the Universal Access Program 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.

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

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

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

10:00-12:00

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

10:00-12:00

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

10:30–12:30

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

10:30–12:30

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 5

Tuesday

11:30–1:20

Porrazzo Rink

Adaptive Skating and Games

March 7

Thursday

TBD

DAR State Park

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

 

Summer/Fall 2019 Events

A tandem kayak sits on the beach, next to a run of beach mat. A wheelchair is sitting on the bach mat. Two people are sitting in the tandem kayak, facing the water. A man is walking towards the back of the kayak. Several other kayakers are paddling in the water.
Check back in May to learn about our summer programs!

Our summer events include kayaking, canoeing, cycling, hiking, and sailing. Our summer event calendar is published in May, so check back then for our 2019 dates. If you would like to get on our mailing list to be notified when our summer schedule is released, please contact us.

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