August 26, 2019

City of Jacksonville Awarded $25,000 Quality of Life Grant towards Bethesda Park Adaptive Kayak Launch Project

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently helped secure a $25,000 grant for the Bethesda Park Adaptive Kayak Launch Project in Jacksonville, Fla. The grant, awarded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as part of their “Quality of Life” Grants Program, provides funding for a handicap-accessible kayak launch in Bethesda Park.

“The Quality of Life grant will have a major impact on the day-to-day health, wellness and standard of living for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and loved ones.” Rep. Lawson said. “Independent living is crucial to the quality of life of persons living with paralysis. I am excited for what these improvements will bring to the city of Jacksonville by increasing accessibility in community activities that are often still unavailable to residents living with disabilities.”

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awards “Quality of Life” grants to nonprofit organizations serving the disability community. Since 1999, the Quality of Life Grants Program has directed more than $24 million to assist over 3,000 projects that aim to empower individuals with disabilities and their families through inclusion, access, independence, opportunities for community engagement and other life-enhancing endeavors. The Bethesda Park Adaptive Kayak Launch Project offers Jacksonville residents with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the waterways. Bethesda Park is one of 11 recreational sites in Jacksonville with plans to offer a safe and accessible way for adaptive paddlers, those in wheelchairs, or those with disabilities to more easily enter and exit a boat.