WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest is set to install extensions to a handful of its beach
walkways on a trial basis in an effort to ease access to the beach for its residents and visitors.
The borough is leasing AccessDeck walkway extensions that will be placed at the following beach entrances:
Buttercup Road, Columbine Road, Rambler Road, Miami Avenue and St. Louis Avenue. AccessDeck matting will
be placed at the end of the wooden beach walkways at each of those streets except Miami Avenue. At Miami
Avenue, the wooden beach access walkway will be replaced by AccessDeck and extended easterly to near the
high-tide line. These extensions will add approximately 125 feet of walkway surfacing to each of those beach
access paths. The walkway extensions are set by in place no later than July 31 and will remain in place through
late September.
According to its website, AccessDeck is made from a high-density polyethylene material that provides a firm
support base and traction. AccessDeck matting offers a pedestrian and wheelchair friendly non-slip trip
designed to provide a safe and comfortable accessway to the beach.
This Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-approved decking is widely used in other shore communities and is
approved by the Christopher Reeve Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality
of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.
The borough is leasing the AccessDeck walkway matting after numerous requests from members of the public
to extend beach access walkways. The AccessDeck walkway matting will remain in place for the remainder of
the summer to ensure that the product holds up to expectations.
“Many residents and visitors have requested that that borough look into extending our beach walkways,” said
Wildwood Crest Mayor Don Cabrera. “Wildwood Crest has one of the best beaches on the East Coast and
while its vast width protects us greatly from storm surge and other weather-related issues, that width can be
difficult to navigate for some of the people who visit our beach. We’re optimistic that this AccessDeck matting
will be received well by the public and will aid in making travels to the beach safer and easier. If so, the
borough will explore installing AccessDeck matting at the end of all of its beach access walkways.”
Those wishing to comment on the AccessDeck walkway matting should email info@wildwoodcrest.org.
For more information, contact the Borough of Wildwood Crest at (609) 522-5176

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