On Tuesday, November 30, at 10:00 AM, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will convene a Virtual Public Hearing focused on improving access for people with disabilities on the Commonwealth’s public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
|Floating wheelchairs and mobility mats made it possible for the Wallis family to enjoy a day at the beach this summerthanks to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Program and Triangle, Inc.
At the hearing, we expect to hear from members of the disability community as well as a panel of experts including; Kristen McCosh, Commissioner of the Boston Disabilities Commission, Coleman Nee, Chief Executive Officer of Triangle, Inc., and Kathy Lafferty, Executive Director of the South Boston Neighborhood House. Stephanie Cooper,  Acting DCR Commissioner, is also expected to attend.
About the Metropolitan Beaches Commission
“We hope to do for equity, diversity and inclusion what we did for management and maintenance of the Metropolitan Beaches.” said Commission Co-Chair Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn. “Working together we will provide DCR and our communities a blueprint for improving public access to take these beaches from good to great.”
“Our state beaches are public treasures that belong to all of us” said Commission Co-Chair Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston. “We need to advance environmental justice and center diversity, equity, and inclusion so that people of all backgrounds, conditions and abilities can enjoy them for years to come.”
“The legislative and the community members of the Commission hope that this hearing will help us better understand the challenges facing people with disabilities on the metropolitan beaches,” said Chris Mancini, Executive Director of Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay. “We are looking forward to working together with DCR to develop strategies to improve access to these spectacular urban natural resources for everyone.”