National Park Service (NPS)

NPS slates meeting on better water access, has beach-going wheel chairs  

NPS ranger Deidra Smith with the beach-going wheel chair stored at the campground. Photo by C. Leinbach

Better beach access means better access for all, and NPS ranger Deidra Smith shows one of three beach-going wheel chairs available for beach-goesrs. Photo by C. Leinbach

Access to the beach will be the subject of a public meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Ocracoke Community Center, 999 Irvin Garrish Hwy.

Held by the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development and the county manager’s office, the meeting will seek input on potential improvements to Pamlico Sound access on Ocracoke Island.

County officials are particularly interested in suggested sites for new sound side access, or enhancements to existing access points, including amenities for a variety of uses.

Dave Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has confirmed he will attend and provide feedback regarding options presented by the public.

The National Park Service has three wheel chairs built specifically for beach going.

One is at the NPS campground, across from Hammock Hills Nature Trail. One is at the Lifeguard Beach and one is at the NPS office.

Anyone who needs one can order a chair by calling the NPS office at 252-928-5111.