Boats Needed for Barnegat 'Day on the Bay'
If you have a pleasure craft that could be available later this month, the Barnegat Township Recreation Department’s disability advisory board could use it for a “Day on the Bay” Sunday, June 24, during which special needs children and adults get free boat rides.
The rides will be offered between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Bob’s Bay Marina, 459 East Bay Ave. All participants must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent. Refreshments will be served.
“For special needs people, this is one of the best days of their lives,” said Walt Fernandez, board member and event coordinator. “Too often people with developmental disabilities don’t get to enjoy a boat ride. It really brightens up their day. It beats getting stuck at home.”
Fernandez said that at last year’s event, 12 boats were used.
“But right now I have two,” he said. “If I’m going to make this a successful event, I’m going to need help.”
He said this year’s activities will include a DJ and face painting.
“What makes this all worthwhile is seeing the expression on people’s faces when they leave,” he said. “Many of them are crying for joy. On one boat last year, a bunch of kids got drenched when a wave hit. They were loving every minute of it.”
For more information, call the recreation department at 609-698-0080, extension 130, or Fernandez at 609-290-8741. —E.E.