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Access for All

Beach Mat Locations

The Parks Department understands that getting access to our beaches is a concern for many people with disabilities. Addressing this problem is a top priority. We have installed beach mats at

  • Rockaway Beach at various access points, Queens
  • Coney Island & Brighton Beach at West 33 Street, Stillwell Avenue, West 5th Street, Brighton 2nd Street, Brighton 6th Street, Brooklyn
  • Cedar Grove Beach at the parking lot pathway, Staten Island
  • Manhattan Beach, east side near the picnic tables at Bay 1, Brooklyn
  • Orchard Beach, Sections 7 and 8, Bronx Orchard Beach also has two beach wheelchairs, which are specially designed for use on the sand. Please call the beach office at (718) 885-2275 for availability information.
  • Midland Beach at Jefferson Avenue & Father Capodanno Boulevard, Staten Island

Parks encourages you to come out and try out the mats - take some pictures and send them to us. Most of all, we want your feedback - contact us at

Beach Mat Testimonials

Photo of child using Beach Mat

I don't think words can explain how I felt when I went to the beach today and saw my son, Peyton, riding down that mat. His smile and excitement cannot be described. Thank you, thank you, thank you, so, so much. We were supposed to leave for vacation today but delayed it a day just so he could have fun on the beach and "sand."

Thank you for all your wonderful hard work.

Jacqueline Tansey

Beach Mat Photos

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Sign on beach next to beach mat reads Beach Access Path

Sign on beach next to beach mat reads Beach Access Surface

Man in wheelchair on beach mat next to sign reading Beach Access Path

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