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      Bryant Park now has wheelchair access to the beach

      A couple of beaches in northern Michigan became much easier to access Thursday morning - especially for those in wheelchairs or have trouble walking.

      Bryant Park in Traverse City cut the ribbon Thursday for the new walkway mat, which will allow easy access to the beach for those in wheelchairs, kids in strollers, and those who simply have trouble walking in the sand.

      The project was a collaboration between community members and Disability Network' - and organizers say this really makes everyone a part of the neighborhood.

      "People who use wheelchairs, for example, are really denied the opportunity to enjoy the bay like everybody else," said Jim Moore, the northern Michigan Disability Network Executive Director. "So this really levels that playing field, gives everybody the chance to enjoy the splendor that we all do, be able to come with their families and friends and enjoy a day at the beach."

      The other walkway that opened Thursday is at Camp Petosega in Alanson.

      Disability Network will open another mat walkway next week in Charlevoix.

      Disability Network is always looking for donations.