Bridge II Sports project to create access for all at Lake Crabtree County Park has been recognized by Duke Energy in its Protecting the Carolinas’ waterways campaign. The campaign features an interactive map that highlights more than 70 projects across the Carolinas’ to protect and conserve our water resources.

What was once just a dream for paddlers with disabilities is now a reality with the most accessible dock in the country open at Lake Crabtree County Park. In its first year of use the dock has granted access to countless individuals and played host to several Bridge II Sports kayaking clinics for Veterans with physical disabilities. The Lake Crabtree dock is the lowest profile dock ever installed by EZ Dock making the ability to get on and off the water easier for those with disabilities. The dock allows people with disabilities to station a kayak or canoe securely as they transfer from the dock to their watercraft. Seat set-up, supports and stabilization can be done with ease creating
independence for the paddler.

“Access takes a team who understand what needs are. This dock took a committed team of individuals with diverse disabilities to bring to life,” said Ashley Thomas, Founder and Executive Director of Bridge II Sports. “The plan took five years of generous donors, experts and municipalities coming together as a community with the goal of creating water access for everyone. We are excited for the benefits to the community as the dock draws watersport
competitions and paddlers from all over to the Triangle.”

MetLife financially sponsored the dock and has stayed involved in the development of the project. Through the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund grant Bridge II Sports was able to provide much needed storage, specialized equipment and kayaks to make access to the lake a possibility for many.

In 2014, Duke Energy established the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million, multiyear commitment to protect and restore our waterways. Since the Fund’s inception, Duke Energy has supported 73 projects in the Carolinas and Virginia with more than $6 million in grants. These projects have improved water quality, quantity and conservation, enhanced habitats, expanded public use and access and educated community members about their role in protecting water resources.

Please take a few minutes to check out the interactive map and learn about the many ways you can support water conservation in your area.