A beach access mat which provides for improved universal access has recently been installed by Greystones Municipal District at South Beach.
The mat which is 100 metres long provides access from the promenade onto the beach via a new concrete access ramp and runs parallel to the shoreline. It provides improved access to the beach for all, including less ambulant persons such as toddlers, the elderly, wheelchair users and parents with buggies.
Beaches can present challenges for visitors and accessibility can vary. In particular, those with mobility issues or visual impairment can find it difficult or impossible to access sandy surfaces.
The bright blue matting provides an opportunity for those who could not previously access the beach to enjoy the wonderful amenities of Greystones Blue Flag South Beach.
The new access mat, which was funded through Wicklow Sports Partnership from the Healthy Ireland Fund and Greystones Municipal District members Discretionary Fund, has been widely welcomed as a positive addition to the beach. It is just the first step in improving access for all to South Beach and further improvements are planned.