President of BoardSafe Scott Tihansky will present the BoardSafe project at Leaser Lake that included an ADA fishing pier, adaptive kayak launch and aluminum bridge at the national conference for the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA). The event will run October 10 through October 13, 2016 in Chattanooga Tennessee and will feature an expo, networking and expert speakers on a number of important products, services, advocacy and related topics to improve ADA and other access at marinas, parks, and access areas for boating.
The project at Leaser Lake was an overwhelming success and saw the creation of a Team River Runner chapter in the spring of 2016. The state-of-the-art facility featured products manufactured by BoardSafe but it is particularly successful due to the participation of the many people involved in the creation of the accessible park. The groups included nonprofits like the Center for Independent Living and local Lions Clubs as well as the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and businesses, adaptive athletes, and others. The park continues to draw adaptive athletes, their families and volunteers to the lake in droves. "Its been a wonderful thing to watch how this facility brought together many people in the community and how it is now a source of pride for the area. To see the smiles on the paddlers faces is fulfilling," says Tihansky. He will tell the story about how the accessible park project came to fruition and what its done for the community.