Lake Nockamixon Accessible Kayak Launch & Adaptive Park Opens

accessible-kayak-launch-lake-nockamixonOn June 30, 2018 the Friends of Nockamixon State Park unveiled its new BoardSafe adaptive kayak launch and accessible kayak racks and accessible picnic tables at the launch area.

The launch area sits at the edge of the parking lot. BoardSafe manufactured four, accessible aluminum picnic tables with bench cutouts to allow wheelchairs to easily roll up to and under the tables. Additionally, aluminum kayak racks were placed in the kayak launch area for boat storage. The aluminum, adaptive kayak launch has a low threshold to allow adaptive athletes to roll from the parking lot onto the gangway and on to the floating dock. A boat slide is adjacent and parallel to the gangway to allow for easy towing onto the floating dock. From there the adaptive paddler transitions out of their chair and onto the transition bench using the rail to slide down the bench beside the boat. Using the cage, bars and handstraps the paddler can gain leverage and control to lower themselves into the cockpit and safely adjust the boat. The submarine launch bars cradle the boat to provide a secure and steady transition in and out of the boat.

The third adaptive kayak launch in the state of Pennsylvania. The other two launches are located at Leaser Lake in Lehigh County and Beltzville Lake in Carbon County. All of the three accessible boat launches were manufacturer and install by BoardSafe.

Click here to see video from a local television news report about the unveiling of the adaptive kayak launch.

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68-foot Aluminum Pedestrian Bridge Installed

aluminum-pedestrian-pier-bridgeIn December 2017, BoardSafe installed an aluminum pedestrian bridge in Allentown. The custom manufactured pedestrian bridge was requested by Lehigh County for their park and historic property at Haines Mill. 

Each year thousands of Lehigh Valley residents visit the 37.5-acre Haines Mill park. Some come to fish Cedar Creek that runs through the park and others have a picnic at the tables along the creek. Some come for sport and enjoy the youth soccer field and cricket pitch. Hundreds of students come with their school classes to tour Haines Mill Museum. A bridge was needed for students to safely cross the Cedar Creek and avoid walking along the busy roadway to access the museum and park. 

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BoardSafe docks and adaptive kayak launch featured at Cabela’s accessibility expo

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On Saturday, January, 20, 2018, Cabela’s, the outdoor super store in Hamburg, PA, hosted an information expo and fair featuring organizations and businesses that provide access for disabled hunters, boaters and anglers. Over 30 organizations were represented with hundreds of adaptive products on showcase.

BoardSafe was present featuring its adaptive kayak and boat launch, which helps paddlers safely transfer from their wheelchair into the cockpit of their boat.

For information about an adaptive kayak launch for a lake or river near you, call us to discuss the details of your project at 610-899-0286. Our experts will guide you through the process from best practices in fundraising for the accessible floating docks and launch to customizing the structure to your aquatic environment and surrounding habitat. Visit boardsafedocks.com.

Photo to the left is a newspaper clipping from The Reading Eagle, the local newspaper in Reading, Berks County, PA. 

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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