DCR Accessible Fair

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is hosting Accessible Recreation Fair, June 4, 2011 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Artesani Park in Brighton

The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Universal Access Program (UAP) will offer a free fun-filled day of celebrating Accessible Outdoor Recreation available for individuals, families and friends of people with disabilities.  Activities will include a cycling fair with an assortment of accessible cycles available for use; adaptive recreational activities, including hiking, letterboxing, face painting, interpretive programs; a D.J. and Starbucks Coffee. [Bring your lunch.]

Join us rain or shine [call 617-626-1294 for recorded status in case of severe weather] and enjoy the accessible recreation fair, cool off in the spray pool and use the playground located in park as well.  Enjoy the camaraderie while learning about DCR’s inclusive, accessible programs and resources available to people of all abilities around the state.

This is THE PLACE to come FIND OUT ABOUT accessible recreation programs offered by multiple organizations in the Boston area and beyond.

The UAP provides recreational accessibility to Massachusetts’ park facilities for individuals with disabilities, their families and friends.  For persons with disabilities, free use of accessible equipment and staff assistance are available.  The UAP strives to increase the participation in indoor and outdoor recreational activities in integrated settings.

The program offers accessible cycling, boating, hiking, interpretive programs, fishing and horseback riding programs in the summer and fall, as well as adaptive winter activities in January through March at various state and urban park facilities.

Pre-registration is highly recommended, especially for use of equipment.  Call Gigi at 617-626-1294 or Marcy at 413-545-5758.  Call about volunteer opportunities!  Bring your lunch.  Please RSVP to request an ASL interpreter.


FROM POINTS WEST (Massachusetts Turnpike, US 90)  Take exit 18 Allston/Brighton.  Remain on the right hand side of the off-ramp split until you come to a traffic intersection (Doubletree Suites on the right).  Take a left turn onto the access road for Storrow Drive/Soldier’s Field Road Westbound (Do NOT cross the river).  Once on Soldier’s Field Road remain in the middle lane as the road curves around Harvard Athletic Fields.  The parking lot entrance will be 500 yards on the right after the athletic fields.

FROM BOSTON (CENTRAL ARTERY).  Take Storrow Drive Westbound.  Storrow Drive becomes Soldier’s Field Road.  Follow remainder of above directions.

FROM CAMBRIDGE (US Route 2).  Follow signs toward Boston, Soldier’s Field Road and Storrow Drive until you cross the Elliot Bridge over the Charles River.  Follow signs for Newton and Points west.  The entrance to the park will be 500 yards on your right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  Take the #86 out of Harvard Square (towards Cleveland Circle) which runs along Western Avenue in Brighton.  Get off at the Everett street stop and walk one block towards the river and Soldiers Field Road.  Carefully cross at the light or over the pedestrian overpass.  The park is located at the far right hand side of the parking lot just past the Herter Community Gardens. 

Also available on The RIDE.  (1234 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton)

For more information on DCR’s Universal Access Program and a schedule of activities, and to confirm program status, call (617) 626-1294 (voice) or (413) 577-2200 (TTY) or visit our website http://www.mass.gov/dcr/universal_access.

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