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Wednesday, January 11 2012

DCR Offers Accessible Winter Recreation Locally

From a Department of Conservation and Recreation press release:

This winter, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Universal Access Program will host ice skating, sled hockey and snowmobile rides for individuals with disabilities at the Wendell State Forest in Wendell.

The Universal Access Program (UAP) provides recreational accessibility to state parks for individuals with disabilities, their families, and friends. Free use of accessible equipment and staff assistance is available.

UAP strives to increase the participation among persons with disabilities in indoor and outdoor recreational activities in integrated settings. In January, February, and March, UAP will offer ice skating, sit-skating, cross-country skiing, sit cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, kick sledding, snowmobiling, and other winter activities at Massachusetts state parks. The program also offers accessible cycling, boating, hiking, bird watching and horseback riding in summer and fall.

Preregistration is required. Call All Out Adventures at 413-527-8980. Also, ask about volunteer opportunities.

WHEN:  Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25, and on March 3.

WHERE: Wendell State Forest in Wendell  

Directions: Route 2 west to Route 63 south through Millers Falls. Take Wendell Road over the railroad bridge, pick up Montague Road, and follow the signs.

For more information on DCR’s Universal Access Program and a schedule of activities, and to confirm program status, call 413 545-5758 (voice) or 413-577-2200 (TTY) or visit www.mass.gov/dcr and click on “universal access program.”

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Edward M. Lambert Jr., the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

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