Hampton Beach Adds Beach Access Mats
Spending a day at the beach — for most people, this is a fun, summertime activity. Unfortunately for many who are in a wheelchair or utilize assistive/self-help devices, navigating the beach can be difficult, or even impossible. The good news is beaches all across the nation are becoming more accessible than ever due to the installation of accessible beach mats, wheelchair ramps, and beach wheelchairs.
Recently Hampton Beach (Hampton, NH) installed a 40m beach access mat that leads to the water. This edition to Hampton Beach will allow those in wheelchairs and those who use assistive/self-help devices to have a more enjoyable experience at the beach. Also benefiting from the beach access mat will be those who are pushing items such as a baby stroller or a wheeled cooler, or those recovering from joint replacement surgeries.
These types of additions to our community help make life more accessible and inclusive to ALL! Thank you to NH Governor’s Commission on Disability for advocating to have the access mats included on the beach – and to Hampton Beach for seeing the value in this addition.
[Photo originally posted on the NH Governor’s Commission on Disability’s Facebook page – Meredith Collins, Seacoast Regional Supervisor, recently met with Chuck Saia and GCD Commissioners Tom Manning and Paul Kelley at Hampton Beach as they got an up-close look at the beachmat.]