Family Fishing Event on Lady Bird Lake

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Family fishing activities, including a catch and release catfish tank, casting lessons and shore fishing, are highlights of the Accessible Fishing for All Celebration Sept. 29 at Festival Beach on Lady Bird Lake from 9 a.m. to noon.

Sponsored by the CORE Health Foundation, the event will benefit the ADA Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier project on Lady Bird LaBoy in wheelchair

Environmental education activities, a silent auction, and fish themed games are also on the schedule. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Colorado River Foundation are just two of the many sponsors, vendors and other organizations that will be offering information and education. The LaRues will provide a funky mix of eminently danceable songs.

“The purpose of the Accessible Fishing for All Celebration is to highlight the abilities of individuals with special needs in the great outdoors,” said Nicole Harmon, executive director of the CORE Health Foundation.

“Our mission is to remove barriers and biases for individuals with cognitive and mobility impairments through healthy activities that encourage inclusion in the Austin community,” Harmon continued. “This event helps us work toward those goals and also helps us spread the word and raise funds for the ADA Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier project.”

The foundation’s goal is to build an ADA Wheelchair Accessible fishing pier that allows every angler, regardless of ability, to take advantage of the fishing opportunities on Lady Bird Lake without needing a boat. The partially covered, lighted pier will be located along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail near Capital Metro routes with accessible parking.

To date, the foundation has raised more than $250,000 toward its goal of $400,000. Sponsorship opportunities for both the fishing celebration and the accessible pier are available.

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