FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2018
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Rebecca Cheng and Vicki DiStefano | (516) 869-7794
Town to Install ADA Compliant Beach Mats
North Hempstead Beach Park and Manorhaven Beach Park to have mobile mats for the 2018 season
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead’s beaches and waterfront will be accessible to all this summer with the installation of mobile mats at both North Hempstead Beach Park and Manorhaven Beach Park in Port Washington.
“I am thrilled that we are installing these mobile mats to increase access to our beautiful waterfront and beaches to all of our residents, especially those with mobility issues and disabilities,” said Supervisor Bosworth.
The Town will be installing ADA compliant beach access mats at North Hempstead Beach Park and Manorhaven Beach Park in order to make the beach and waterfront more easily accessible to all residents, including those using wheelchairs or walkers. It will also make traveling on the beach easier for all residents, allowing easy navigation of a stroller, cart or cooler. The mats are expected to be installed by Memorial Day Weekend.
The installation of these mobile beach pathway mats is a part of Supervisor Bosworth’s initiative to improve the quality of community life for residents with disabilities. Supervisor Bosworth created a Disability Advisory Committee in 2016 which has since gave the Town valuable input on different programs for residents with disabilities including extending the Town’s Project Independence Taxi Ride program, which offers free or discounted taxi rides, to residents with disabilities. The Town is also planting a sensory garden in Clark Botanic Garden which will be accessible to people with disabilities and encourage garden guests to touch, taste, admire and listen to what is growing there.
For more information on the mobile mats or the Town’s Disability Advisory Committee, please call 311.