BoardSafe's Scott Tihansky to Speak at SOBA Conference

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.

Leaser Lake Bridge Completes Walking Path Around Lake

Since the construction of Leaser Lake in 1971, Pennsylvania residents have enjoyed activities at the lake; fishing, boating, and hiking. For the first time visitors will be able to walk completely around the lake with the installation of a footbridge. The bridge, built of commercial grade aluminum and manufactured by BoardSafe, goes over the dam at the lake and connects the nature trail on both sides. Prior to the installation of the footbridge there was no continuous walking trail around the 117 acre lake. The bridge is one of the last installations of a renovation project crafted by the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation.

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The project highlights include an ADA accessible park, paved natural trail, ADA / adaptive fishing pier, ADA adaptive kayak boat launch, and accessible picnic tables.

The completion of the foot bridge comes just in time for Lehigh Valley residents to walk around the lake and enjoy the warm fall summer and vibrant foliage

This 540 acre park is owned in part by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and in part by Lehigh County.

Lehigh Valley Chapter of Team River Runner Loves the BoardSafe Accessible Kayak

Team River Runner 's Lehigh Valley Chapter just formed in 2016, but the group is off to a fast start. For those not familiar with TRR, their goal is to create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking. They have already made a big splash in eastern Pennsylvania.

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With several events already held in the summer of 2016, the group has boasted attendance of over 20 adaptive paddlers seeking to enjoy the water. It has been said that good things take time and the development of TRR in the Lehigh Valley wasn't possible without the efforts of the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and local Lions Clubs who had the foresight to make Leaser Lake accessible several years ago. Frankly, if it wasn't for the diligence and efforts of these organizations as well as several committed individuals there would be no accessible kayak launch. With no ADA boat launch there is no access to the lake for those with disabilities. This means that TRR's presence in the Lehigh Valley would be non-existant. 

Here at BoardSafe we are proud to manufacture products that truly enhance and bring joy and well-being into the lives of others. To learn more about TRR's event at Leaser Lake click here.

What does an accessible, adaptive and ADA kayak boat launch look like from the air?

With the growing popularity of para-rowing, adaptive paddling and adaptive rowing you have probably seen what an accessible, or sometimes called ADA or sometimes called adaptive kayak boat launch. We think that we have the best, highest quality adaptive kayak boat launch on the market, not because of the high quality materials or the craftsman ship with which each in made but because our ADA boat launch was designed with a group of adaptive athletes. Our accessible boat launch is functional, safe and has many of the features that the adaptive kayaker or canoer seeks. 

To give you an additional perspective (literally), check out these photos of our launch. To learn more about our accessible marine product line including aluminum gangway, floating docks and fishing piers click here.

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