What do you do when you want to play but don’t have the toys?
Northeast Passage Equipment Rental
Northeast Passage’s Equipment Rental Program makes it affordable to try before you buy, be a weekend warrior, gain skills, and be involved in more than one sport. Best of all, Northeast Passage’s Equipment Rental Program gives you the choice and freedom you deserve. You take the equipment when and where you want, and with whom you want to go… SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
All terrain equipment, cycles, everyday wheelchairs, gardening, golf carts, miscellaneous accessories, paddling, power soccer, skating/hockey, skis & snowshoes, sport chairs, and water skis available. http://nepassage.org/equipment-rentals/
SMILE Mass Loaner Program
SMILE Mass has floating beach wheelchairs, jogging strollers and adaptive bikes available to borrow, FREE of charge, to take on your vacation or outing. If you planning a vacation and need a beach wheelchair or a bike for any special occasion, let them know a soon as possible. http://smilemass.org/loaner-program.html
DCR Universal Access – Equipment at public beaches and skating rinks
Ice sleds at public skating rinks throughout the state
Ice sleds offer a seated option for skaters who cannot use their legs or who have balance issues too difficult for conventional skating. A stroller bar handle can be inserted into the back of the ice sled to push you if you can’t push or steer. Sizes and styles of sleds vary. Recommended for uncrowded skating conditions typical of weekdays and some weekend public skate sessions. Call rinks in advance to find out skating times, fees, and to verify the equipment offered. Ice sled use is at no charge but other rental fees will apply. www.mass.gov/service-details/accessible-rinks
Beach wheelchairs at state coastal and inland beaches
There are two types of beach wheelchairs at DCR beaches: sand and sunbathing chairs for use on the beach, and floating beach wheelchairs that let you enter the water.
There is no fee to use a beach wheelchair, but there may be a fee to park. Please be sure to bring your own transfer help, and four own lifejacket if you plan on floating in the water. Because these chairs have large balloon tires, you will also need to bring someone to push you. You might need to make a reservation to use a chair, especially at coastal beaches. Please contact the beach or the park before your visit to ask about a reservation and any parking fees.
For a full list of beaches with beach wheelchairs, visit: www.mass.gov/service-details/beach-wheelchairs