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!