BoardSafe Docks Awarded Adaptive Kayak Launch at Lake Nockamixon

In February 2018, BoardSafe was informed that they were awarded a project to manufacture and install a new adaptive kayak boat launch at Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Lake Nockamixon is a reservoir in southeastern Pennsylvania, and the largest lake in Bucks County. Tohickon Creek, Three Mile Run, and Haycock Run feed the 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and a destination for boaters and anglers. Other popular activities include picnicking, swimming in the pool, hiking, biking, disc golfing, hunting, fishing, and boating.

Areas of the park have been made accessible with ADA access for individuals with disabilities. The addition of an adaptive kayak boat launch, which will include a gangway and aluminum floating with ADA features, will provide greater ease of access into a kayak, canoe or other boat for an individual who uses a wheelchair or has limited mobility. 

The project was spearheaded by Friends of Nockamixon and has been underway for over three years. They raised approximately $40,000 for the project including generous donations from Shop Rite Supermarkets in Bethlehem, Hatfield, PA and Brodheadsville, PA totaling $7,000. With the money in hand, the Friends group is excited to see their hardwork come to fruition. 

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Floating Docks Manufactured and Installed on Massachusetts River

merrimak-floating-docksTucked on the south bank of the Merrimack River and four miles inland from the Atlantic Oceans sits Merri-Mar Yacht Basin Inc. in historic Newburyport, MA. Proudly started by a World War II Navy veteran the marina is in its third generation of family ownership, and the marina shows its pride. The full service marina offers seasonal moorings and dockage, as well as transient moorings and transient dockage, free parking, free wi-fi & showers. They also have a Ships Store and Parts Department - stocking parts for our engine & generator lines, a Marine Repair & Service Department catering to both Sail and Power Boats.

Over the years the wooden floating docks took a beating from the tough Massachusetts elements and hauling the docks out of the water late each fall due to ice flows on the river.

Management wanted to replace the docks with something aesthetically appealing and more functional. After seeing BoardSafe's quality of work and products at other marina they decided on engaging BoardSafe for the manufacturing and installation of their docks. In conversations with BoardSafe they decided on using ipe decking with TimberStrong internal panel fasters and an aluminum frame. Special engineering was needed to set the proper floatation as well as to create a design that worked with the existing pilings. The Merrimack River fluctuates six feet with the tides and internal mounts were built into the aluminum floating docks. 

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How to Fundraise for Accessibility Products for Your Local Pennsylvania Park

Today, there is much interest in making the outdoors including lakes and rivers more accessible to those with disabilities. Accessibility products like adaptive kayak and boat launches, accessible fishing piers and other applications are popping up all over. Despite the strong desire to create more accessible public spaces, the movement is in its infancy and there is much work to do. Chances are that your local lake needs an adaptive kayak launch and accessible floating docks and piers. Many states’ budgets do not allow for the purchase of adaptive kayak launches, and  communities have had to rally together to raise money to purchase and install the products. They have shared their best practices with us so that you can may your local lake more accessible too. 

Below is a guide of best practices to help you fundraise for accessibility products for your local park:

1. The first thing that you should do is contact us. Let us know who you are, where your park is located and share the goals of your project with us. We will be able to give you with general assessments of which products would work best at your location and provide a ballpark estimate for the cost of the project. We may also be able to facilitate introductions to groups in your region who have done similar projects.  Also, we can share photos, designs, videos, testimonials and case studies to help you make your case. We are here to support your efforts!

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Beltzville Lake Adaptive Kayak Launch featured in the Times News

The Times News, a daily newspaper serving Carbon County, based in Lehighton, PA, featured the ADA kayak launch used by adaptive paddlers. The ADA kayak launch was designed and built by BoardSafe. The ADA accessible floating dock and adaptive kayak launch opened in August 2017 and is featured in this article.

To watch the video report of the opening ceremony hosted by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and attended by Team River Runner click here.

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