Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Accessible Recreation Fair in Boston June 5!

Preparations are well underway for the annual DCR Accessible Recreation Fair in early June! If you live in the greater Boston are you won't want to miss this great opportunity. It's the place to find out about summer recreation programs and opportunities as well as try out a variety of land-based activities.
Come to Artesani Park in Brighton at 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Saturday, June 5 from 10am-3pm. It is a beautiful park to visit, with a spray pool, playground, lots of shade, and views of boats going by on the Charles River. Bring your picnic lunch and your sense of summer fun! We'll offer snacks and cool drinks, facepainting, and assorted craft activities and treasure hunts along with the usual adaptive outdoor recreation options.

Meet new people from outdoor recreation organizations serving the Boston area and sign up for summer activities including boating programs! Community Boating, Community Rowing, and Outdoor Recreation of Hopkinton will have booths and info on sailing, rowing and kayaking. You can try out an adaptive bike and take a ride through Artesani Park in Brighton along the Charles River. DCR, All Out Adventures and Northeast Passage will provide a wide variety of bikes to test ride, including handcycles, tandems, recumbent bikes, and kid's bikes. If you are shopping for an adaptive bike, Scott Pellet from Bike-on will be present to assist you in determining the best bike for you.

Check out a mountain wheelchair with Outdoor Access and learn about accessible hiking techniques. Sign up for their outings at a variety of state and urban parks through October. Letterboxes will be hidden through the park - these contain hand-carved stamps - images you can collect once you follow the clues to the boxes. Take an educational stroll to do the "info-quest" and when the event is over you'll be an expert on the park! Complete both treasure hunts and collect a prize!
New this year: Power Chair Games! Join us in this new activity on pavement - we'll be slaloming around cones and knocking balls into goals and making up games as we go!
It is all free and open to individuals, families, and groups - serving all abilities! If you have any specific accommodation needs, please call 617-626-1294 or 413-545-5353. See you there!!!!

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