Ocean City works constantly to make streets, sidewalks, the beach, bay and boardwalk accessible to those with disabilities or limited mobility. Check back here regularly for updates on new amenities.
FREE SURF CHAIR PROGRAM
Beach-accessible wheelchairs are available at the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program is for individuals of all ages. “Surf Chairs” provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the surf and sand. The chairs must be picked up at the facility. You must have a large vehicle for transportation. Available Memorial Day to Labor Day. Daily or 1-week maximum. Call 609-525-9304 for information or reservations.
WHEELCHAIRS ON BOARDWALK
A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow for free for daily use only on the boardwalk for two hours at a time. You can pick them up at the Music Pier Info Center (on the boardwalk between 8th Street and 9th Street), first-come, first-served. Call 609-399-6111, ext. 9337 with questions.
For summer 2020, the city will experiment with an ADA-accessible beach-access mats stretching close to the high tide line at Surf Road, Waverly Beach (off E. Atlantic Blvd.), 34th Street Beach and 59th Street Beach. These paths lead to sitting areas where those in wheelchairs can enjoy the beach.
Accessibility measures include ramps over the boardwalk or bulkhead, hard-packed dune crossovers and, at 54 different beaches, plastic beach mats across portions of soft sand. Accessible beaches include:
BOARDWALK AND BEACH REST ROOMS
Rest rooms are located at 1st Street, 6th Street, Music Pier, 11th Street, 12th Street, 34th Street (use OCBP bathrooms), 58th Street Beach. All bathrooms are handicapped accessible.
Shaded boardwalk pavilions near 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street and 12th Street provide an accessible way to enjoy ocean views.
PARKING AT METERS BY HANDICAPPED PLACARD HOLDERS
According to the NJ Division of Disability Services, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and 39:4-207-(C.39:4-207)- When parking at a metered space, a driver or passenger with a placard or handicapped license plate must put the appropriate amount of money in the meter. If the vehicle will occupy the space for more than the maximum amount that the meter holds, the driver must fill the meter to the maximum amount. This will permit the vehicle to occupy the space for up to 24 hours, and no further payment will be required during that time.
PARKING IN MUNICIPAL LOTS
All municipal lots include handicapped spots with access for the disabled. Regular fees apply in-season.
Most beach-block street ends include limited handicapped parking.