With help from the Town of Oyster Bay, The WaterFront Center (WFC) is excited to announce the installation of a new 50-foot-long by 5-foot-wide ramp at the Western Waterfront. The new ramp is fully ADA compliant and the composite decking allows for 50% light transmission which is approved for use in protected National Wildlife areas. After last year’s difficulty accessing the water, the new ramp connects directly from the middle of the Western Waterfront pier to WFC floats.
The new ramp and new point of access ensures all WFC program participants have easy and direct access to the water. This improvement affects people who come for school field trips, Christeen sails, junior summer programs, adult sailing lessons, kayak and paddle board rentals and so much more! The longer length of the ramp reduces the angle, especially at low tide, making it easier to travel up and down, especially for those who are wheelchair bound.
Wheelchair-bound participants struggling to use the old ramp to get to their sailboat. (Aug 2017)
The new ramp will make it easier to host programs for wheelchair-bound participants like the C. Thomas Clagget Regatta Match Race and our own ZigZag: Adaptive Sailing program. (May 2018)
The WaterFront Center would like to thank the Town of Oyster Bay, specifically Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Resources, George Baptista and Deputy Supervisor Gregory Carman. We would also like to thank Melrose Marine Contracting Corp. for installing the ramp in a timely manner. Our team looks forward to welcoming the public with new and improved access to the water for all!