In Porter County, Opportunity Enterprises recently dedicated a newly-installed accessible canoe and kayak launch at their Lake Eliza property. Opportunity Enterprises (OE) says the project, designed for individuals who use wheelchairs or have other mobility challenges, will provide many from Northwest Indiana with access to water recreation for the first time. The organization says it hopes the launch will also be used by others including kayak clubs, and veteran and school groups.
Neil Samahon, president and CEO of OE, welcomed guests and spoke about the importance of making water recreation accessible to people of all abilities. He also thanked Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation, John and Ann Barney Foundation, and Marc and Kathleen Smith for making this opportunity possible.
Walter Lenckos, senior director of respite operations for OE, also took the opportunity to speak. “An accessible kayak launch was an idea that OE had for a while, and this idea became real because of generous funders who believe in OE’s mission of creating inclusive and equitable opportunities for people of all abilities,” Lenckos said.
For more information about Opportunity Enterprises, visit oppent.org or call (219) 464-9621.