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York County unveils ADA accessible canoe-kayak launch

Just completed about a week ago, county leaders wanted to make the best use of the quiet, secluded area.

YORK COUNTY, Va. — An ADA accessible canoe-kayak launch is the newest addition to Wormley Creek in York County.

York County Parks & Recreation manager Bonnie Fitz said this is a project they've worked towards for the last couple years. The entire project cost about $174,000, and it was partially funded by the Recreational and Fishing Advisory Board of VMRC.

"We have a lot of people who have that need," Fitz said. "It's also beneficial for those who don't need ADA accessibility. It makes it easier to enter and exit the canoe or kayak as well."

"This is the perfect place to come where all can enjoy, those with disabilities or not or those who have injuries this allows them to enjoy the water."

Two years ago, the county rolled out a Mobi-map at the beach, giving individuals with disabilities easier access to the beach.

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The County does have a Mobi-Chair for use at the beach. Persons with accessibility needs would have to have a family member or friend to help them with the chair in the water for safety. It needs to be reserved but there’s no cost to use it.  

Michael Bennet, Executive Director of the Victory Family YMCA in York County, said the YMCA offers a variety of programs for people with disabilities and opportunities like an ADA accessible launch are needed.

"Now a family or person can go to one area and have things to do not just one thing," Bennett said. "I think of the diversity of populations who can use this."

The ADA accessible canoe-kayak launch is open and ready for use at the end of Old Wormley Creek Road.