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 Beach
Millway Beach
Sandy Neck Beach
Wequaquet Lake
Veteran’s Park BeachBoston
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

Falmouth (continued)
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

Nahant
Nahant Beach

Children’s Beach
Jetties Beach (2)

Natick
Memorial Beach

New Bedford
West Beach

Oak Bluffs
Pay Beach

Orleans
Skaket BeachNantucket
Plymouth
Plymouth Beach
Morton Park
Hedges Pond
Provincetown
Ryder Street Extension (2)

Revere
Revere Beach

Sandwich
Peter Pond at Oakcrest Cove
Snake 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
Hampton Beach (3)
Mt. Sunapee State Park
Wellington State Park

Maine
Ocean Park
Wells

Gallery:

Smile Mass Beach Wheelchairs

Request:

Want beach wheelchairs at your town beach? Put in a request below.
Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:
“SMILE Mass offered the Ocean Park, Maine community with a beach wheelchair in 2017. IT was used all summer long and people loved the freedom it gave them to see and experience the beach. This donation is a way for us to continue to say thanks. Your work is very important!”
Gerard Gosselin