By Matthew Taub
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation will expand access for the disabled at several locations in Brighton Beach.
“Nobody, regardless of their handicap, should find New York City’s public resources inaccessible — especially our wonderful beaches,” said New York City Council Member Chaim Deutsch, whose district includes the neighborhood.
Specifically, access will be expanded by way of the installation of additional “Mobi-Mats,” which allow wheelchair-bound individuals and those who are physically challenged to easily access recreational beaches.
The Parks Department planned to install new Mobi-Mats on Brighton Beach at Brighton 2nd Street only. But in response to requests by Council Members Deutsch and Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), who contacted Parks Department officials and requested additional installations, further mats will be laid on the beach near Coney Island Avenue, Brighton 6th Street, and West 5th Street.
The Parks Department is currently in the process of installing Mobi-Mats at these locations, all of which will be ready in time for Memorial Day, May 26th, 2014.