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Marcy Marchello

Marcy Marchello

Universal Access Program Coordinator, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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If you live in the greater Boston area, you won't want to miss DCR’s Accessible Recreation Fair this Saturday, June 5. It is the place to find out about summer recreation programs and opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as their families and friends, and try out a variety of land-based activities.

Come to Artesani Park in Brighton, 1234 Soldiers Field Road, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 a picnic lunch and your sense of summer fun! We'll offer snacks and cool drinks, face painting, 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. Try out an adaptive bike and take a ride through the park along the river. A wide variety of bikes will be available 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 there to help you determine the best bike for you.

Check out a mountain wheelchair and learn about accessible hiking techniques. Sign up for outings at a variety of state and urban parks through October. Letterboxes will be hidden through the park, containing hand-carved stamps that 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! See you there!!!!

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