Accessible Boat Launch Featured in LION Magazine

LION Magazine Adaptive paddlers and disabled outdoor lovers have the Lions Club and the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation (LLHF) to thank for the greatly enhanced access to the lake and wildlands surrounding Leaser Lake in Kempton, PA. LLHF created and oversaw the project to install paved nature trails, wheelchair accessible picnic benches, an ADA fishing pier dock and an adaptive kayak boat launch at the lake. The project was funded in a large part through the efforts of the Kempton Lions as well as other local Lions group. 

The accessible park has made a huge impact in the local community. A national group of para-rowing, disabled veterans, and adaptive athletes called Team River Runner launched a Lehigh Valley chapter that meets at the facility. The project has been a huge success and its no wonder that LION Magazine featured the efforts of their Lions in seeing the access of the lake to fruition. 

To read the story click here. LION has readership in excess of 1 million and it is translated into numerous languages. 

To watch a video and see the accessible ADA boat launch click here. 

Accessible Dock, Pier, Kayak & Boat Launch

Accessible parks like the one at Leaser Lake in Pennsylvania offer a multitude of outdoor activities to adaptive athletes. Not making these facilities accessible severly limits how those with disabilities, whether in a wheelchair or have a prostetic limb or just 'old bones', can enjoy the great outdoors. Having better water access, like this accessible kayak boat launch, is becoming more popular. 

Using an adaptive paddling boat launch facilitates the transition from a wheelchair to the step bench allowing the individual a safe way to enter and exit the boat or kayak. At a recentTeam River Runner event in Pennsylvania, we were able to capture the enjoyment and life that the accessible dock brings to the adaptive athletes. We were also able to capture the floating ADA dock at a unique, aerial perspective. 

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pennsylvania foothills as well as the satisfaction knowing that these individuals would not be able to enjoy the water if not for an accessible kayak launch. 


About Team River Runner

Team River Runner envisions a national network which creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country. Through paddle sports, TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families.

The goal of TRR is to create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking.

Rowing Docks for Rowing Centers vs. Standard Aluminum Floating Docks

Rowing docks at rowing centers and rowing clubs can look similar to other aluminum floating docks at marinas, boat launches and other locations. There are subtle differences that make rowing docks very different, but convenient, safe and ideal for rowers, paddlers and other watermen as they enter and exit their boat.

The below video outlines the variations in aluminum floating docks, aluminum gangways, decking, floating and other facets of a rowing center that make it a rowing dock. 


Discovering an Ability through Adaptive Rowing

For many reasons, adaptive rowing is great. From the first hand accounts of adaptive athletes, they love the camaraderie, challenge, focus, and freedom that the water offers. At BoardSafe, we aim to empower individuals to maximize their potential and for many disabled athletes, adaptive rowing or adaptive paddling does just that. 

Like many rowing centers across the globe, the Capital Rowing Club in Washington, DC has an adaptive rowing program replete with inspirational characters. One story that we came across was that of Joe Tezak, embodies why adaptive rowing is so great. Have a watch and get inspired!


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