Wicklow is getting its first accessible beach wheelchair. It will be located at Brittas North Beach.
It was provided by Wicklow Local Sports Partnership along with Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).
Wicklow Local Sports Partnership secured funding for the beach wheelchair through Healthy Ireland Funding.
It will be located at Brittas North Beach which is a Blue Flag Beach with ample parking and access to the beach via a tarmac path which leads directly to the beach.
Ms Aisling Hubbard, coordinator of Wicklow Sports Partnership, said she was “delighted that there is now a beach wheelchair in Wicklow and this is the culmination of the brilliant working relationship between the Sports Partnership, Wicklow County Council, the LCDC and Healthy Ireland.”
Cllr Grainne McLoughlin, Chairperson of the LCDC, said it was wonderful that Wicklow was embracing the importance of inclusivity with the launch of its first beach wheelchair saying: “This is the first of many and hopefully, over the coming years every beach in Wicklow will be accessible for everyone, especially children,” she stated.
She added: “Together with the new playground in Greystones, we are at last recognising the importance of access to play areas as a norm for children with all forms of disability. Working with so many communities, I am delighted to see that Wicklow Sports Partnership is ensuring that all our children can play together.”
The beach wheelchair will be available Monday–Sunday from 11am to 7pm for the remainder of the summer. The wheelchair can be booked through “The Beach Hut” in Brittas on 0404-47542 and is available for up to two-hour periods (last booking at 5pm, Terms and Conditions apply).
For more information contact [email protected] – 0404-20100