Community Partners:

  • New Bedford Departments of Parks and Recreation
  • New Bedford Department of Planning and Infrastructure
  • New Bedford Disabilities Commission
  • Mass in Motion
  • Southcoast Health Wellness Walking Program
  • Marion Institute/Grow Education
  • Friends of Buttonwood, Hazelwood, and Brooklawn Parks
  • Coastline Elderly Services

Goals:

  • Ensure the perspective and needs of older adults in public space design
  • Encourage participation of older adults in outdoor activities
  • Improve accessibility of public areas

Accomplishments:

  • The Parks Department hosted a “Pedal Party” to introduce a new bikeway.
  • Extended senior citizens discounts to include the local fee-based dog park
  • Walk audits of two major parks were completed and funds have been obtained to complete ADA compliant designs at West Beach, the most popular beach facility
  • Represented the needs of older adults at Mass in Motion and the 2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan.
  • The Friends of Parks are working on adding benches and signage to make the parks more accessible to all ages.
  • Installed raised garden beds at Hazelwood, Brooklawn, and Riverside parks.
  • The Buttonwood Warming House Senior Center was renovated
  • DPI is reviewing all new work within Complete Street guidelines
  • Offered exercise programs remotely during COVID-19 pandemic – new adult programs include Yoga in the Park and Pickleball
  • Intergenerational croquet and lawn bowling programs coming summer of 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coastline does not deny delivery of service
to any person on the basis of age, color, religion, gender,
national origin, ancestry, physical/mental handicaps,
and sexual preference, who otherwise meets the eligibility criteria
for the respective programs.