The CORE Health Foundation, our disability advocacy organization, received a $25,000 grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to help fund a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
“We see this pier as a great example of a public/private partnership with the CORE Health Foundation working with the city and many others to provide facilities for everyone,” said Charlie McCabe, executive director of the Austin Parks Foundation.
Austin native Anthony King, an avid fisherman and former parole officer, suffered a stroke this summer that left him in a wheelchair and dramatically reduced his fishing options. He’s extremely excited about the pier on Lady Bird Lake.
“I love to fish because of the peace, serenity and relaxation it offers,” King said. “I think the pier will be an awesome addition to the city and especially to Lady Bird Lake as it will easily fit into the landscape and still maintain the beauty of the area.”
“This wheelchair accessible pier will give every Austinite and visitor to the area a chance to fish on this popular urban lake without needing a boat,” said Eric Makowski, trustee of the Austin-based CORE Health Foundation and immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of Texas. (more…)