Q Pride is taking place at Pageant Field, which is at 1 Merrymount Parkway in Quincy. There is ample parking including handicapped spaces, and a sidewalk leading up to the space.
If you are taking public transportation please note that six bus lines stop on the corner of Hancock St near 1 Merrymount Parkway: 202, 210, 211, 212, 217 and 245. We understand that bus 210 may be preferable for many as it stops at Quincy Center, where you can connect with the Red Line. After getting off the bus walk down the hill and turn left at Adams Field/ Merrymount Parkway, walk up the driveway and look for the rainbow arch :)
The sidewalk up to the event from the street does not have a clear curb cut to the parking lot, but rather trails off into gravel. We intend to block off the area where the path ends to limit the chance of cars blocking the direct path to the parking lot and venue from the sidewalk.
Mobility questions at the venue:
As an outdoor venue, Pageant Field has a variety of surface areas. There is a paved path close to the parking lot, which will have tables along it with vendors and community groups, and information. There is also gravel and grass, and fields, as well as a stepped amphitheater. We will be providing priority seating at the top of the amphitheater for persons who are unable to or feel uncomfortable using the steps down the amphitheater, as handrails are also not readily available. The pavilion is has a cement floor and has heavy tables which we will attempt to keep with clear walkways during the day. There is a lip to the cement floor, for which we are acquiring a ramp for access.
There are bathrooms and they do offer handicapped stalls, however the doors may be a narrow fit depending on the width of mobility devices, and I do not recall seeing any lift bars near the toilets.
Translation and Hearing Assistance concerns:
The Q Pride Committee will have a few ipads available at the welcome table for translation purposes and for use by the hearing impaired. We will have programming/ music/ entertainment/ speeches, which will use amplification by the amphitheater.
The Committee will have a welcome table with committee members ready to help you should you have any specific questions or concerns about accessibility, and we will have a sign posted to that effect. If you'd like to contact us with additional questions either via pm or via comment, please feel free, as try as we might we realize we haven't anticipated every need that can arise.