MetroParks Opens ADA Compliant Kayak Launch at Voice of America MetroPark

Sep 14, 2021, 12:12 PM by Katie Ely

MetroParks of Butler County recently completed construction of an ADA-compliant adaptive kayak launch at the VOA Lake at Voice of America MetroPark, which is now open for public use. In 2020, MetroParks was awarded a $75,000 Paddling Enhancement Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to build the adaptive kayak launch on the lake, located on the north side of the MetroPark.

$500,000 in ODNR Paddling Enhancement Grant funding was available statewide, and MetroParks was one of the few organizations that qualified for funding in 2020. The grant program identified meeting the needs of people with disabilities as a priority in determining which projects to fund.  

VOA’s new kayak launch utilizes a series of ramps, handrails and platforms to assist those with varying mobility needs to launch canoes, kayaks and other hand-powered watercraft into the VOA Lake. A gently sloped ramp provides a sturdy avenue for people who utilize wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devises to access the floating dock. Once on the dock, individuals can place their boat in an underwater saddle, which securely holds the watercraft in place while the boater uses an overhead support to lower themselves safely into their boat.

Hand-carried watercraft can be launched at the VOA Lake for FREE. Please click here for more information about the VOA Lake and the adaptive kayak launch. MetroParks requires visitors to all its parks to obtain a Motor Vehicle Permit (MVP), which are FREE for Butler County Residents. Non-Residents can obtain an annual MVP for $15, or a daily MVP for $8. For more information on how to obtain a MVP, please click here.