SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Parks and other community partners are unveiling a new, more accessible way to enjoy the water this summer. 

There are 2 new ADA compliant access points on Berry Shoals pond and Lake Cooley to make getting outside easier and more fun for families and people with disabilities. 

Kevin Stiens, Parks and Recreation director said the ADA compliant docks, make it easier for someone with physical disabilities to lower themselves into the canoe or kayak and launch into the water, with handrails and a floating ramp. 

The kayak launches are accompanied by new parking areas, nature trails and places to sit right by the water’s edge. 

Organizers said in the past there have been barriers that have stopped people form enjoying the water like they should be able to. 

The Blueways coalition and Duke Energy Foundation, Chamber of Commerce and One Spartanburg initiative, have all helped make this possible with tens of thousands of dollars in donations.