La Jolla surfing group pitching in to repair beach wheelchairs

Amelia Opean of La Jolla swims regularly at La Jolla Shores. The chair she’s in was recently repaired. Photo: Courtesy
Amelia Opean of La Jolla swims regularly at La Jolla Shores. The chair she’s in was recently repaired. Photo: Courtesy

Members of the La Jolla Shores Surfing Association are working to raise funds to help with repairs on the beach wheelchair that is available for use at the Shores.

Lorraine Schmalenberger, president of the club said since the chairs cost $3,500 it seemed more feasible to raise funds for repairs. The recently repaired chair was returned to the lifeguards recently after being out of service since July.

Repairs are made by city crews in the “mow shop,” according to Kathy Aceves of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Recently Aceves learned that a grant from the Disabled Servcies Council and efforts of three city councilmembers may allow for purchasing additional chairs so it’s possible the Shores might get a second one.

To donate to the Surfing Association’s effort, mail a check to Wheel Chair Fund

La Jolla Shores Surfing Association, 8070 La Jolla Shores Dr. PMB #446, La Jolla 92037.

To learn more about the beach wheelchair program, go to

www.coastal.ca.gov/access/beach-wheelchairs.html

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