‘Having a ramp, it includes us’

By on August 16, 2019

It’s been several months, actually since May 13 to be exact, since the Town of Kill Devil Hills officially opened its first fully handicap-accessible beach access at Ocean Bay Boulevard— one dedicated to the late KDH Commissioner and community leader, Bill Pitt.

While it had been available earlier on YouTube and in some places online, today, (Aug. 16) marks the town’s first full public release of the video highlighting the handicap beach access and the dedication ceremony.

One highlight of the video is the personal story told by McKayla Creef of Manns Harbor, who has been in a wheelchair since a car accident five years ago. Talking about how, as a “beach girl,” she “used to walk to the beach [and] feel the sand in my toes,” McKayla says, “that was a really big thing I lost.”

“Having a ramp,” she adds, “it includes us.”

The Ocean Bay Boulevard beach access features a wooden handicap ramp, which allows wheelchairs to get from the parking lot to the beach and several fixed position and rollout mats that are placed over sand so that wheelchairs can get onto the beach.
The town has purchased additional beach wheelchairs for anyone to borrow and now has a total of seven of them available. They are made specifically to be pushed through the sand, and will take the individual right to the water line.

The North Banks Rotary Club, of which Bill Pitt was a member, also donated funds to help build the access.

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Laura Woodard

A big thanks to those involved in having this built. This hopefully will happen in more nearby spots.

dan

This is excellent. Hopefully the other towns will build similar beach accesses.