On Monday, July 8, a new “RecPath” was installed at Calf Pasture Beach, creating an accessible pathway from the existing walkway across the sand toward the waterline. The mat provides greater access to the sand and water for those with physical disabilities, those using wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or other assistance devices, or even those with strollers. The new mat will be in use for the remainder of the beach season – which is slated to end October 15.
“Over the years we have worked hard to improve ADA access at our parks and beaches, and the ‘RecPath’ is the latest means to expand use for more people. We are proud that we are providing this access. We are an inclusive community and want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience the great amenities Norwalk has to offer,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.
The mat is 5 feet wide and 82 feet long. There are also two different 10-feet by 10-feet sections – one near the water and another halfway onto the beach – for public use. The mat is portable and will be put away during inclement weather. Beach staff will be responsible for routine maintenance, such as clearing sand from the pathway, to ensure it remains safe to use. The mat, which cost $7,800, also contains white stripes to assist people with visual impairments. The City of Norwalk ADA Transition Committee unanimously approved the funding request at its May 29, 2019 meeting.
“I appreciate the Committee’s support for the ‘RecPath’ as we aim to make our beach more user-friendly and accessible to the public,” said Nick Roberts, Norwalk’s Director of Recreation and Parks. “So far, the mat is receiving positive reviews, and we will explore the possibility of obtaining another mat for use at special events and other locations around the City.”
For more information on Norwalk parks and beaches, please visit norwalkct.org/278/Facilities.