Beach wheelchairs are out of service and are currently in the process of being replaced. (update as of June 22, 2023)
Latest update from Haystack Rock Awareness Program on June 22, 2023:
“HRAP is delighted to share that we anticipate our beach wheelchair rental program will return by the summer of 2024. For about a year, our fleet of beach wheelchairs has been out of commission due to irreparable damage. Our program has been working diligently to apply for grant-based funding in order to purchase a new fleet.
Once the program is reinstated, we plan to implement an app-based reservation system and install self-checkout lockers. Additional information regarding the new system will be shared at a later date.
In addition, we are currently seeking potential volunteers to help us support the operation of our wheelchair rental program. If interested, contact Kelli Ennis at email@example.com to express your interest.
The coast is a special place that deserves to be enjoyed and accessible to all. We acknowledge that the temporary suspension of this program is not ideal, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please visit www.haystackrockawareness.com/beach-wheelchairs to access additional resources and find other beach wheelchair rental programs offered along the coast.
Would you like to contribute towards our fleet of new beach wheelchairs? We are currently accepting donations! You can donate by visiting our website here.”
The Cannon Beach beach wheelchair program was started as a joint effort between the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, and the City of Cannon Beach, made possible by donations from several locals interested in accessibility for all. Contributions are currently being accepted to fund future chairs and obtain self-checkout lockers and interchangeable cushioning to make the chairs an option for children. Anyone interested in donating may contact the Haystack Rock Awareness Program at (503) 436-8060.
A goal of the beach wheelchair program is to ensure that all kids can participate in educational opportunities presented by the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. The area around Haystack Rock where their programs are offered “is a classroom unlike any other, and yet there is a section of our population we see perpetually excluded.” The wheelchair program “will simultaneously address the needs of our aging community as well as the school students who have historically been left out of the experience of participation in field trips to Haystack Rock.”
At this time, the fleet of beach wheelchairs has unfortunately been used into a state beyond repair. We await grant funding for replacement chairs and a new, easier, and improved reservation system.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM AT BAHAMA BOARDZ; THIS SYSTEM IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER THEIR OWNERSHIP.
We’ll let you know as soon as they return. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Wheelchairs in Seaside are available through the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District (503) 738-3311 or in Manzanita at their Visitor Center (503) 812-5510.