(PLATTSBURGH-June 29th 2023) - The Sunrise Rotary Club of Plattsburgh is proud to
announce the gift of beach wheelchairs and accessibility mats to Plattsburgh City
Beach. These new additions will make it easier for people with disabilities, mobility
issues, seniors, and veterans to enjoy the beach and the surrounding area.
The beach wheelchairs are designed to be used on sand and in water. One, the Debug
Wheelchair, is equipped with large wheels that can roll over packed sand and other
obstacles.1 The chair has a steel frame and has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. The
other chair, the Hippocampe, is lower to the ground, can be self-propelled in packed
sand, and can float in the water for more active individuals.2
The beach wheelchairs are available for public use free of charge during open beach
hours (Monday-Sunday 10AM-6PM). They can be taken out from the Lifeguard Station.
In addition to the beach wheelchairs, Sunrise Rotary donated beach mats that provide
a smooth surface over the sand for people with mobility issues. The mat is a 100%
recycled polyester roll and an industry leader in beach accessibility mats.

While initially intended to be completed last year, logistics and quality testing
dictated that we finish the project for the 2023 beach season.
“The Plattsburgh City Beach is a place where the community and visitors can enjoy
summer recreation, and expanding access promotes greater use of our amazing
beach,” said Colleen Downs, project manager with Sunrise Rotary.
Plattsburgh Mayor Christopher Rosenquest says, "Our partnership with Rotary is one
that continues to deepen and advance the betterment of our community. Inclusion
and increasing access for all abilities is critical to a healthy and vibrant community.
We will look forward to continuing this momentum”.
The City of Plattsburgh and Sunrise Rotary Club will be holding a press conference on
Friday July 7th at 10:00AM at the Plattsburgh City Beach to acknowledge Sunrise
Rotary’s gift of the wheelchairs and beach mats to the city.