Initiative:
Beach Wheelchairs

beach wheelchair in use from Smile Mass

Mission:

SMILE Mass donates approximately 20 floating beach wheelchairs per year to public beaches. Your donation will help SMILE Mass make more beaches accessible. Where would you like to see a floating beach wheelchair? Let us know!

Details:

There is something special about the beach. It is relaxing, breathtaking and no matter the age, a day at the beach always makes life a little easier. Yes, it is hard to deny, but there is just something magical about the beach. Because the beach is a magical place, we at SMILE Mass, wanted everyone to have a choice to enjoy the beach despite disability. We believe it is the little things in life that can make memories that last a lifetime. I am sure we all remember growing up, enjoying time with family and friends on the beach. Building sandcastles,  surfing the crashing waves on our boogie boards, eating homemade sandwiches and getting buried with sand, so only our heads showed. Let’s not forget those rosy cheeks from being out in the sun for too long! 

Now stop and think for a moment, what if your sibling or child was born with a disability and was confined to a wheelchair, and a trip to the beach was no longer possible. What would you do? Would your family just not go to the beach? Or perhaps mom or dad would stay home with your disabled sibling just so the rest of you could enjoy a day at the beach.  

Think of this for a second, if you were confined to a wheelchair getting to the beach would be impossible, the wheels just don’t do well in the sand. If you are lucky enough to find a beach that has mats or a boardwalk, you might be able to get down to the beach but you would be stuck at the end of the mat. Getting in the water to cool off would not be an option. That was until we started our Beach Wheelchair Program    

A trip to the beach is something most people do at one time or another in their lifetime. It is also one of the free things you can still do. The beach doesn’t judge; everyone is welcome. 

Available Beaches

Barnstable-Hyannis
Covell’s Beach
Craigville
Dowses Beach
Fortse Beach
Hamblin’s Pond
Hathaway’s Pond
Kalmus Park Beach
Keyes Beach
Loop BeachMillway Beach
Sandy Neck Beach
Wequaquet Lake
Veteran’s Park Beach
Boston
Carson Beach
Spectacle Island
Bourne
Monument Beach
Scusset Beach State Park
Brewster
Long Pond Beach
Buzzards Bay
Sagamore Beach
Chatham
Harding’s Beach
Oyster Pond Beach
Dennis
Bayview
Chapin Beach
Cold Storage
Corporation Beach (2)
Glendon
Howes Street
Mayflower (2)
Princess
West Dennis Beach (2)
Edgartown
Bend in the Road Beach
South Beach (2)
Falmouth
Bristol
Chapoquoit
Falmouth Heights
Megansett
Menauhant
Old Silver Beach (2)
Stoney
Surf Drive
Woodneck
Harwich
Bank Street Beach
Earle Road
Long Pond
Pleasant Road
Red River Beach
Sand Pond
Harvard
Bare Hill Pond
Hull
Nantasket Beach
Ipswich
Crane Beach
Mashpee
John’s Pond
South Cape Beach
Mass Audubon
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary (Barnstable)
Nahant
Nahant Beach
Nantucket
Children’s Beach
Jetties Beach (2)
Natick
Memorial Beach
New Bedford
West Beach
Oak Bluffs
Pay Beach
Orleans
Skaket Beach
Plymouth
Plymouth Beach
Morton Park
Hedges Pond
Provincetown
Ryder Street Extension (2)
Revere
Revere Beach
Sandwich
Peter Pond at Oakcrest CoveSnake Pond
Wakeby-Mashpee Pond at Ryder Conservation
Scituate
Humarock
Sharon
Memorial Park Beach
Vineyard Haven
Owen Park Beach
Wayland
Wayland Town Beach
Wellfleet
Gull Pond
Yarmouth
Bass Hole (Gray’s Beach)
Bass River Beach (2)
Seagull Beach (2)
South Middle Beach
New Hampshire
Mt. Sunapee State Park
Pawtuckaway State Park
Wellington State Park
White Lake State Park

Gallery:

Smile Mass Beach Wheelchairs

Request:

Want beach wheelchairs at your town beach? Put in a request below.
Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:
“What a wonderful cause and I would be proud to donate! I had a cousin who was two weeks older than I who died of MS in 2002, and we always were inseparable at the beach at Ocean Park when growing up. When she got so bad and was confined to a wheelchair, her family would bring her to a rental in Kinney Shores but there was no way to get her near the beach or ocean. To think of so many children who are missing out on the beach experience is heartbreaking. We’ll donate online and wish you the best!”
Love, Ellen & Steve