News: Members

GBAR Renamed Access Recreation Boston (ARB)

September 2013 (BOSTON):  The collaborative group known for years as GBAR: Greater Boston Access to Recreation formally voted to change its name to Access Recreation Boston or ARB so that the name follows with the newly registered domain:

Steering committee member and MA DCR employee Thomas McCarthy commented, “we’re proud of this appealing and broader name because it affords the group more potential for further expansion in future years if groups decide to sprout up in other cities such as Access Rec Chicago, Access Rec New England, etc.”

GBAR Flier 2013



GBAR Hosts 2011 Spring Conference

Boston: Greater Boston Access to Recreation, GBAR, held its second professional conference at Community Rowing with over 40 attendees from various organizations providing adaptive recreation services.

Maureen McKinnon gave the keynote. Maureen was, at the time, the coordinator of Piers Park Sailing Center‘s Adaptive Sailing program and is also a Gold Medalist in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

Breakout sessions:

  • Technical Skills: Navigating the Maze of Adaptive Equipment
  • Grant Writing
  • Risk Management


GBAR holds third successful professional conference

Boston: Greater Boston Access to Recreation, GBAR, held its third successful professional conference at the Boston Nature Center in Dorchester with over 60 attendees from various organizations serving individuals with special needs.

Joe PresentingGuest speaker, Joe Walsh gave the keynote on adaptive sports and their power to not only inspire but strengthen the whole individual while talking about his participation in US Paralympics and how we can work together to grow the field.

Breakout sessions included professional development opportunities in serving individuals with visual impairments and transfer techniques for adaptive recreation providers.