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New ramp for disabled beachgoers at Mackenzie

A plastic ramp worth more than €4,500 has been added at Mackenzie beach in Larnaca to provide accessibility for the disabled.

According to Larnaca municipality’s spokesperson, Spyros Agathou, the ramp resembles a plastic carpet and was put out a few days ago at the start of the beach on the opposite side of the airport. It ends at the shore.

The ramp was co-founded by the Larnaca winter swimming club which donated €2,000 and the Larnaca Lions club which donated €2,635.

The construction is semi-permanent and will be taken away during winter months and put back again from April to October, depending on the weather.

“There are still swimmers at the beach since the weather is good so we decided to put it out now,” said Agathou.

Mackenzie beach also offers a waterproof wheelchair for disabled swimmers since June 2017.

“These initiatives are an important aid to the work of the municipality to make buildings’ and town’s infrastructure accessible for everyone,” said Larnaca Mayor Andreas Vyras who thanked those who donated to the project.

The municipality began an initiative to make the town accessible to people with disabilities last June by enlarging and adding more ramps on pavements in the main streets. The total funding for the all of the accessibility projects comes to €2.12m.

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