RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Newly installed at Lake Reba in Richmond is an ADA accessible kayak launch, one of the first in the state thanks to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wild life.
The launch is also a double ramp which can be the courtesy boat launch for those using John boats etc.
“They decided it was a big lake and we had enough traffic to set it up and they wanted it to be a pilot program to see if other lakes around Kentucky can use a dock like this.” Parks and Recreation Department recreation director Erin Moore said.
Moore says the kayak launch ramp is a great addition to the lakeâ¦ giving the youngest or those with mobility issues an easier way to enjoy the water.
“It’s pretty exciting to have something that’s the first of its kind in Kentucky and I think it’s really neat because Lake Reba has really established itself as a destination for people who might have limbs. of their families who use wheelchairs or have mobility issues, âsaid Moore.
She hopes the launch will bring more tourism.
âHaving the kayak launch here that really brings these boats up promotes fishing, promotes being outside and just being outside is really one of our biggest goals,â he said. Moore added.
She says the launch has already attracted many kayakers since it opened a week agoâ¦ Jay Rogers with Mike’s Hike and Bike shop in Richmond was thrilled to try it.
âI think it’s fantastic. It’s very easy to use and very user-friendly, it even has instructions and a QR code to find a video on how to use it, I think it’s a great addition here at Lake Reba, âRogers said.
This is not only beneficial for his kayaking businesses, but also for his business.
The store rents kayaks. Rogers says he hopes to see an increase in demand there as well.
âWe are seeing an increase in kayaking every year, we have several places in the county to go kayaking, but with this access so close and so easy, I think we’re going to see an even bigger increase now,â Rogers said.
Lake Reba gets ADA Accessible Kayak Launch.
“I think it’s really cool because Lake Reba has really established itself as a destination for people who might have family members who use wheelchairs or have mobility issues.” @ ABC36News
– Kaitlyn Shive ABC36 (@KaitlynShiveTV) May 21, 2021