The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has opened a new floating fishing pier and gangway at the Unicorn Lake Fisheries Management Area in Millington, MD, that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Design Standards of 2010.
The department worked with the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Department of General Services to create this fully-accessible freshwater fishing pier on state land.
The new 448-square-foot floating pier, located next to the boat launch, has enough space to accommodate multiple anglers. The aluminum gangway to the pier is adjacent to a newly constructed parking space and portable bathroom.
“The new floating pier will provide more accessibility and opportunity for anglers at this popular fishing spot in Queen Anne’s County,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “This is one of our top priorities and proudest efforts, to make sure all Marylanders have access to the enjoyment of nature.”
Funding for the $100,000-project was provided through the Maryland Department of Disabilities’ Access Maryland Program. The 43-acre Unicorn Lake was selected for the grant because of its physical location, construction logistics, and great fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, chain pickerel and panfish.
“Accessibility projects such as the accessible fishing pier and gangway at Unicorn Lake capture the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Access Maryland program,” Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty said. “By providing financial support for projects that increase access to state-owned buildings and parks, we’re ensuring that Marylanders with disabilities can fully interact and engage with the community.”
Access Maryland coordinates with state agencies and universities to identify key accessibility projects that increase access to facilities across Maryland.