Beaches & Parks
SHARED ADVENTURES BEACH CHAIR RENTAL
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Shared Adventures Beach Chair Request Form
Offers daily and weekly beach wheelchair rentals at low prices. Chair is all-terrain, disassembles easily without tools to fit into a car trunk, and has weight capacity exceeding 325 pounds yet the entire chair weighs only 37 pounds.
CITY OF SANTA CRUZ BEACH WHEELCHAIR PROGRAM
find out which California beaches offer wheelchairs, click here.
beach wheel chair is available with photo ID from city lifeguards at tower #1
on Cowell Beach during the following times of service: weekends from spring break
to Memorial Day weekend; every day during June, July and August; and weekends
from Labor Day until the end of October. The beach chairs may only be used on
the city’s Main Beach and cannot be taken off-site to another location.
Arrangements may be made to use a chair when lifeguards are not in service by
calling lifeguard headquarters at 420-6015. There are also beach wheelchairs available
at Natural Bridges and Seacliff State Beaches. Inquire at visitors’ centers
for more details.
Beach wheelchair at Cowell's Beach
115 Cliff St, Santa Cruz 95060
Accessible restrooms, parking, and entry. Three ramps allow bowling for people
in wheelchairs—roll racks also available.
ROARING CAMP RAILROADS
5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton 95018
335-4484 • www.roaringcamp.com
Accessible beach train offers a railroad journey from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
through scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and
back. Adults $19, kids $15, under 3 ride free.
SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz 95060
423-5590 • www.beachboardwalk.com/01_plan.html
California’s oldest amusement park, the Boardwalk is a half-mile-long historic
amusement park with more than 34 rides and attractions, dozens of restaurants,
shops, games, indoor arcades and miniature golf. Generally accessible. See our
accessibility guide on our website or call for detailed accessibility information.
PARKS & RECREATION
Access for Visitors with Disabilities
This page offers many useful links, including a State Parks Accessible Features
Search Page and information about the recent settlement of a 1998 lawsuit, under
which the Department has committed to a comprehensive plan for improving access
for park visitors with physical disabilities so that they can fully participate
in the many recreational programs offered at California State Parks.
CRUZ COUNTY FARM BUREAU
141 Monte Vista Ave, Watsonville 95076
• 688-0748 • www.sccgb.com
A listing of farms selling direct to consumers available
on request. Many of the farms provide access to disabled customers. The best way
to learn what is available is to obtain a map and then call the farm of your interest.
Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to above address.
Admiring the giant redwood trees at Henry Cowell Sate Park
6896 Soquel Ave, Santa
479-4386 • www.aquasafaris.com
Aqua Safaris Scuba Center is active with Shared Adventures (see page 21), and
provides full access to scuba classes and services.
ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
(see listing under Education)
LICHEN OAKS ADAPTIVE RIDING CENTER
114 Quail Hollow Rd. Felton CA 95018
831 335-2347 • www.lichenoaksarc.org
Provides Therapeutic Riding and Equine Facilitated Learning for people age 5-95 at their ranch in Felton. Lichen Oaks is a PATH Member Center, adhering to the highest standards of safety and professionalism. Provides group or individual hour-long lessons at their world-class facility which includes an indoor arena.
BAY HORSEMANSHIP & THERAPEUTIC CENTER
783 San Andreas Road, La Selva
(831) 761-1142 www.mbhorsecenter.com
classes and camps for individuals with special needs. A full inclusion facility
providing support where needed. Located oceanside within a private, gated, campus
environment. Offers a safe environment for children and adults with all levels of ability.
Trail riding, vaulting and pony cart driving classes offered Monday through Saturday.
790 Mariner Park Way, Santa Cruz 95062
423-SAIL (7245) • (800) 374-2626 www.pacificsail.com
and yacht charter company; offers all levels of sailing instruction, skippered
and bareboat charters, and Corporate Team Building regattas. Pacific Yachting
is in the process of creating a program that offers people with special needs
the opportunity to sail or to learn to sail for free.
RIDE A WAVE (RAW)
PO Box 7606, Santa Cruz 95061
216-6034 • www.rideawave.org
Volunteer, nonprofit organization that enables children with special needs to
experience the joys of the beach, including the thrill of riding a wave, through
surf camps and more. Contact us to set up a camp, or to sign up for a scheduled
PO Box 396, Santa Cruz 95061
459-7210 • www.sharedadventures.org
Committed to providing recreational opportunities to people with
special needs, Shared Adventures offers a year-long calendar of
recreational activities and events such as sailing, rock climbing,
hiking and bowling for people of all ages and abilities. The highlight
of the year is Day on the Beach, a free event where over 150 people
with special needs are given the opportunity to surf, float, scuba
dive, kayak or outrigger canoe. Sliding scale fees.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS MONTEREY BAY REGION
5 Harris Court, Building N5, Monterey 93940
373-1972 • www.sonc.org
(follow links to “Monterey Bay region”)
sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people
eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities. Special Olympics
Monterey Bay supports the following sports: aquatics, bowling, cycling, floor
hockey, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, roller skating, cross-country skiing,
alpine skiing, basketball, athletics, long-distance running and powerlifting.
1756 Garza Lane, Santa Cruz 95062 • 464-9644
Therapeutic vaulting for children with special needs who weigh 100 pounds or less.
$70 for 4 classes per month.
RESIDENTIAL SUMMER CAMPS
SEAL CAMP HARMON
16403 Hwy. 9, Boulder Creek 95006
For people of all abilities—swimming, boating, arts and
crafts, fishing, horseback riding, archery, sports. Costs vary. Some scholarships
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION CAMP
(Occidental) • (415) 673-7500
Ages 6-17 with a neuromuscular disease
who are registered with MDA. Fishing, horseback riding, swimming, crafts. Free.
CROSS LUTHERAN CAMP—Special Friends
7759 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomond 95006
336-5179 • www.mtcross.org
Christian Camp for children (Grades 3-12) of all faiths, who are developmentally
delayed, autistic or have other disabilities. Traditional camp activities. Committed
to making camp affordable to all who want to come.
Free for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. This pass may provide a 50% discount on some fees charged for camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. It generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees.
It may be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free).
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accessible resource, order a print version of the guide, or just tell us what
you think! We welcome your thoughts, tips, suggestions and contributions.We can
be reached at:
PO BOX 396
Santa Cruz, CA 95061