ADA kayak boat launch cage bench
25 Mar

ADA Kayak and Boat Launch, Docks and Facilities

What the ADA guidelines mean for provides access to rivers, lakes and other waterfronts via boat, kayak, canoe and other water vessel launches, docks, gangways, marinas and more. This information has been adapted from theUnited States Access Board’s guidelines for boating facilities.

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ADA boat kayak launch
25 Mar

Here at BoardSafe, we’ve taken great pride in developing what we think is the best ADA adaptive kayak boat launch on the market with the help of adaptive paddlers, The Center for Independent Living and other users and experts. We also used the best practices of canoeing and kayaking for people with disabilities. Check out our photos!

 

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Over the past few years the parks in Pennsylvania have become increasingly accessible to all. Thanks to the diligent efforts by Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation as well as Friends of Parks groups and other civic-minded organizations many upgrades have been made. (PA Parks & Forests Foundation outlined there achievements and future projects in a 2013 summer newsletter.)

If you consider your own neighborhood park, you may have noticed new playgrounds with interesting looking equipment. These range from adaptive playground features like swings for special needs children to equipment with greater accessibility or even specifically designed equipment to stimulate sensory responses. Much of the new playground equipment has evolved to meet ADA guidelines.

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When Kempton Lions Club member Tom Kerr was seeking a project for the year, he leveraged his other civic involvement to identify needs in the community. The Kempton Lions club is a rural club in the rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania. Kerr, a Kempton area resident, also sits on the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation board and was heavily involved in Leaser Lake, environmental issues and outdoor activities.

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What is an Adaptive Kayak Boat Launch? BoardSafe explains and narrates through the features of it’s adaptive kayak boat launch product that provides access to those with disabilities, handicaps and other mobility limitations. The launch is ideal for use of kayaks, canoes and other boats.

The ADA boat launch was created based on existing adaptive paddling applications as well as innovations generated from a group of adaptive kayakers and paddlers.

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