In June 2021, the Worcester Red Sox and Polar Park received the Red Vest Accessible designation in recognition of its efforts to offer a welcoming, accessible facility for those with a disability; its commitment to public access rights for legitimate Service Dog teams as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and its ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of ADA regulations.
“Creating, from the ground up, accessible spaces within the ballpark is an impressive undertaking, and the thought and care that has gone into this is apparent throughout the park,” said Cathy Zemaitis, NEADS Director of Development. “An integrated seating plan accommodates wheelchairs in line with companion seats, with plenty of room for Service Dogs, and with easy access to the food concessions. Dedicated staff are available to help those with disabilities get to the right place. Other accessible features include a special nursing area, a sensory room for children who may need a quiet space, and fully accessible bathrooms.
“Larry Lucchino’s history of creating fully accessible ball parks continues with Polar Park. No stone was left unturned to make the ballpark an enjoyable experience for all abilities. Creating or reconfiguring large public spaces to make them fully accessible to those with disabilities not only improves their lives but also creates a fully open and welcoming community for everyone.”