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The Marblehead Disabilities Commission, formerly the Selectmen's Advisory Committee on Disabilities, was formed at 2004 Town Meeting. The Commission has been in existence for more than 10 years advising the Selectmen on any issues concerning the handicapped and accessibility in the public sector. We currently consist of eight members.

The Marblehead Disabilities Commission meets the second Thursday of each month at the Marblehead Community Center and welcomes any interested citizens to attend. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted at Abbot Hall and on Marblehead.org.


Devereaux Beach Playground - Commission was instrumental in develping and implementing a complete rehab of the playground equipment at the beach.

Handicap parking fine - unlawful parking in a space designated for vehicles displaying a handicap plate or placard carries a fee of $100.

Private parking violations - Because of a town bylaw sponsored by the Comission, the above fine is also applicable to violations caught on private parking lots such as Old Miller's Plaza and Village Plaza.

Old Town House - Commission was instrumental in bringing an article to Town Meeting which resulted in making this building, including the G.A.R. museum on the third floor, accessible.

Tedesco Country Club was rebuilt in 2013 and included recommendations for ease of use and adequate parking for handicapped.

Unitarian Universalist Church - Facilitated renovation of bathrooms.

St. Stephen's Methodist Church - Currently working to ease barriers to accessibility.

Crocker Park - Due to the Commission's efforts, a handicap parking space was added in 2011

Glover School - Collaboration with architects on accessibility accommodations.

Curb cuts - ongoing efforts to provide adequate curb cuts in town.

Mobi Mats acquired to enable beach mobility.

Abbot Hall - Collaboration with architects on renovation and upgrades.

Instituted the "Certificate of Appreciation" recognizing local businesses for their sensitivity toward issues affecting those with disabilities and making accommodations for them.

Devereaux Beach Chair

Floating wheelchair will allow disabled residents to wade into the water and return to the beach safely and more easily.

Donated by the Rotary Club of Marblehead

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Ware Pond Access Path

The Ware Pond access path was constructed with funds from a grant attained by the Marblehead Conservancy. A beautiful wooden boardwalk leads to a viewing area of the pond. Flat rest stops are every few feet and the path has a gentle and wheel-able slope. There is a second viewing area of Ware Pond off the end of Marion Rd. ext..

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