Very happy to see the attached article in the recent “Visit NC NewsLink.”
Photo courtesy of Hannah Leyva/Port City Daily)
First ADA accessible kayak launch opens in Brunswick County
Last week, a public launch was unveiled at William S. “Bill” Smith Park in Oak Island, reports Port City Daily. According to officials, it is the first Americans with Disability Act-compliant kayak launch in Brunswick County. A bench with pop-out shelves – one higher up at canoe height and one lower for kayaks – allows those in wheelchairs to move from their chairs to their watercraft. The park, which is part of the Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department, sits on a small creek off the bigger Dutchman Creek, which leads to the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s location on the tributary makes it safer for launching as it is protected from the wind and boat wakes that come from the Intracoastal. The kayak launch and the wooden area that leads to it, which people can use to fish from, was made possible through a Coastal Area Management Act grant administered through the N.C. Division of Coastal Management.