EZ ACCESS: Gray’s Lake Unveils New Launch

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More people are set to be able to enjoy the outdoors at Gray’s Lake in Des Moines.

On Wednesday afternoon authorities celebrated the installation of the new EZ launch allowing individuals with disabilities to better access canoes and kayaks.

The system uses a built-in transfer bench and boards to slide users over and down into boats.

The group, Friends of Des Moines Parks, raised all the money for the device.

“I serve four states; Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri and as far as I know you are number one. You have started something here,” says executive director of Great Plains ADA Center, Jim de Jong.

“So in my travels I will be taking today’s experience and spreading it throughout the region and saying, ‘you need to copy Des Moines, you need to copy Iowa making recreation more inclusive for people with disabilities.”

City officials say over one-million visitors come to Gray’s Lake per year.