Are you frustrated looking for beach wheelchair rental places on the Oregon Coast and Manzanita areas? We can help!
Have you ever tried to push an occupied wheelchair through sand?
Not an easy task at all. And we know a day at the beach should be fun for all - not filled with seemingly unsurmountable obstacles.
You're in luck. Manzanita was the only beach community on the North Oregon coast to lend visitors the free use of beach wheelchairs, also known as sand wheelchairs. We're now happy to report Cannon Beach and now Seaside have joined in offering beach wheelchairs to visitors to help everyone have fun at the beach.
One of the things we love about Manzanita is the wonderful diversity of people getting together with a common love of the Manzanita beach and the surrounding areas. There's so much to do here, whether enjoying the many beach activities, the beauty of the surrounding areas of Neahkahnie Mountain and local state parks, the Nehalem Valley and the beauty of the Nehalem Bay.
We're thrilled that Manzanita is at the forefront of making our incredible seven mile beach accessible to those who find a sandy beach a hardship.
We're also thrilled that both Cannon Beach, and now Seaside, have joined in the fun and offering adult beach wheelchairs and child beach wheelchairs. You can read more about it here.
Where can vacationers to the North Oregon Coast and Manzanita find our beach wheelchairs?
The three Manzanita beach wheelchairs are available through the Manzanita Visitors Center. Manzanita Oregon has two adult wheelchairs and one child sized wheelchair that visitors may borrow. While many are frustrated with the search to find beach wheelchair rentals, visitors to Manzanita will find our three are free of charge.
And many beach vacationers do look for beach wheelchair rentals. According to Dan Haag, coordinator extraordinaire of our Manzanita Visitors Center and exploremanzanita.com, they receive "inquiries from visitor organizations in Astoria, all the way down to Yachats. No other visitor organization or chamber up and down this stretch of coast offers the beach wheelchair service."
Fortunately for those that need the assistance, Cannon Beach and Seaside have since followed the lead of Manzanita and offer beach wheelchairs to visitors to their popular beach community.
“They’re just wheelchairs with really big, rubber tires," explained Kristin Grasseth, administrative assistant for the city of Manzanita. “People get to take their grandma to the beach, who may not have gone in years, children and adults with disabilities or ailing siblings. It's good to be with their family on the beach. It brings tears to your eye from time to time.”
The city of Manzanita also helps maintain the beach wheelchairs, according to Grasseth. "Public Works oil the chairs and get the sand off, so they don’t rust."
The wheelchairs were donated to the city of Manzanita in 2008. Originally housed in the now closed Manzanita Bikes and Boards, the wheelchairs were then moved to the Manzanita City Hall, but are now permanently located at the Manzanita Visitor's Center.
Fortunately Manzanita received a grant to build an extension to the Visitor’s Center to house the beach wheelchairs. Conveniently located at the west end of the main street of Manzanita, Laneda, visitors may now find them closer to the beach.
And the Manzanita Visitors Center is open on weekends when many visit the Oregon beach.
Manzanita has terrific beach access for handicapped vacationers and those in need of extra assistance!
Not only do we offer free beach wheelchairs to visitors, in June of 2008 Manzanita built the Path to the Pacific!
The Path to the Pacific ramp for wheelchairs and an easy beach access for visitors is located where the main street of Manzanita meets the beach. It was dedicated as a memorial to Bud Kretsinger, original owner of the San Dune Tavern and beloved member of the community.
The Path to the Pacific was built with the financial assistance of Tillamook County, The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and the Nehalem Bay Senior Affairs Forum. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded the project a $50,000 grant, followed by a matching donation from a local resident.
The Nehalem Bay Seniors Affair Forum initiated the path project, with long time Neahkahnie resident Carol Povey heading up the drive as a lead coordinator and fundraiser.
Beach wheelchairs have been moved from Manzanita City Hall and are now permanently at the Visitors Center. They can be reserved seven days a week by calling (503) 812-5510.
Or stop at the Manzanita Visitor's Center Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Manzanita Beach Life Insiders Tip: Feeling handy? Check here for instructions detailing how to build your own beach wheelchair.
Flying into Portland and need a wheelchair van rental in Portland? Check out Performance Mobility, (888) 707-0456.
Visitors to nearby Cannon Beach can find out more here or by calling Cannon Beach City Hall at (503) 440-2598.
Seaside Beach Wheelchairs are managed by the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. For more information and reservations contact Bob Chisholm Community Center staff at (503) 738-7393. Reservations are completely free and will be made on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of four hours
We appreciate you stopping by, and hope this information has been helpful. We've been in the same situation as many out there, and often it's hard to find the needed assistance.
When visiting the northern Oregon Coast, be sure to check out some of our fun activities:
The Rockaway Kite Festival is fun for all!
Check out our regularly updated list of upcoming Manzanita events.
Spa Manzanita is the perfect place for some pampering while at the beach.
The 5 best ways to relax when visiting Manzanita Oregon.
Wishing you lots of fun for all on Manzanita Beach!
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