LOCATION: Saco, Maine
GRANTEE: Age Friendly Saco
Although Saco has two public beaches, residents who use wheelchairs, canes or walkers cannot access the shoreline due to the lack of a stable surface on which they can safely travel. The Bayview public beach took an initial step toward accommodating them with its recent construction of accessible public restrooms. An AARP grant covered the cost of three ADA-compliant beach mats, which provide a nonslip, semi-rigid roll-out walking surface. The mats take individuals directly from the handicapped parking spaces to the high-water mark on the beach.
The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages.