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Healey-Driscoll Administration Allocates $167,000 in Grants for Accessible Outdoor Recreation

In a move to enhance inclusive access to outdoor recreation, the Healey-Driscoll Administration unveiled the allocation of $167,000 in grants. This initiative, unveiled during Earth Month, is aimed at promoting accessible outdoor activities across Massachusetts, according to a press release.

“These grants support the essential work of organizations and municipalities striving to ensure everyone feels welcome and included in Massachusetts’ outdoors. Expanding access to outdoor recreation is the perfect opportunity for grantees to showcase the beautiful rivers, trails, and parks that we have to offer to all residents and visitors,” MOOR Director Paul Jahnige said. 

The funding is distributed by the Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation (MOOR) to 21 diverse organizations and municipalities. The grants, termed Inclusive and Accessible Event Grants, are designed to facilitate easier access to outdoor recreational activities for low-income individuals, communities of color, and people living with disabilities.

“Outdoor recreation events in nature support our mental, physical, and social health and the state’s economic health. Investing in the outdoor recreation economy is a step towards strengthening our connections with each other and the natural environment,” Jahnige said

The Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation, established in December 2022, works in collaboration with agencies and private partners. Its mission is to promote a wide range of outdoor activities across the state, including but not limited to hunting, fishing, horseback riding, paddling, and swimming.

State Senator Patricia D. Jehlen of the Second Middlesex district expressed gratitude towards the Office of Outdoor Recreation and the Mystic River Watershed Association for their efforts to increase accessibility to the Mystic River.

“This is another way MyRWA is working to make people aware of the river, to clean it up and to make it accessible. I love canoeing on the Mystic and am happy when there are more people every year enjoying nature and paddling!” Senator Jehlen said.

The $11 billion contribution, along with the growth of tourism and the creation of over 102,000 jobs, highlight the importance of outdoor recreation to Massachusetts’ economy.

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ClaytonDew
ClaytonDew
April 3, 2024 7:23 pm

Have you heard about the cool new initiative in Massachusetts? They’re starting guided family nature walks and hosting awesome workshops for people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities together. Amazing, right?

rachelray
rachelray
April 3, 2024 8:59 pm

Let’s dig into how these grants are making outdoor fun more accessible! They’re not just about ramps and trails but creating experiences for everyone to enjoy Massachusetts’ nature.

BlueGlow5439
BlueGlow5439
April 3, 2024 11:01 pm

Isn’t it cool how the Healey-Driscoll crew is boosting outdoor fun for everyone? Love how they’re spreading the joy and making outdoor adventures more accessible. Cheers to a brighter, inclusive outdoor scene!

Alex Meadow
Alex Meadow
April 4, 2024 4:39 am

I love how the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s grants bring people together outdoors, fostering connections, making nature accessible to all. It’s awesome for communities to share in outdoor joy and recreation!

carSail1233
carSail1233
April 4, 2024 8:50 am

Hey! Isn’t it awesome that these grants are supporting inclusive outdoor fun in Massachusetts? It’s all about breaking barriers, making sure everyone enjoys the great outdoors! Let’s get out there and explore together!

Jax321Bolt_68z
Jax321Bolt_68z
April 4, 2024 11:15 am

Did you catch that some of the grants will provide adaptive gear for those with disabilities and host diverse outdoor events? It’s all about creating inclusive and joyful outdoor experiences for everyone!

QuinnOcean
QuinnOcean
April 4, 2024 12:15 pm

Have you heard about the amazing work the Healey-Driscoll Administration is doing? Their grants are opening up outdoor fun for everyone, making nature more accessible and enjoyable. It’s like a breath of fresh air for our minds, bodies, and communities. Let’s get out there and explore the beauty of the outdoors!

SoaringJourney-458
SoaringJourney-458
April 4, 2024 2:38 pm

Have you heard about the latest news? The grants are going to make outdoor fun even better for everyone! I’m thrilled about the focus on adaptive sports and nature education. It’s fantastic to see Massachusetts embracing inclusivity in outdoor recreation. Let’s keep supporting these positive changes!

FloatCraft79
FloatCraft79
April 4, 2024 3:39 pm

Isn’t it awesome that the Healey-Driscoll Administration is backing grants to make outdoor fun more inclusive in Massachusetts? It’s a big win for everyone to enjoy nature together!

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