Last Updated on October 6, 2020 by Indiana Department of Natural Resources

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Three new all-terrain accessible wheelchairs were added for guest use at Indiana Dunes State Park during a donation ceremony there today.

These chairs join a pool of several others available in Indiana State Parks to make trails more readily available to Hoosiers who need such assistance.

These chairs for Indiana Dunes State Park were purchased by the Friends of Indiana Dunes, who were given discounted pricing from McCabe Outdoor Mobility. Two of the chairs are designed for use on trails, and one chair is designed for use on the beach.

In addition, donation funds in memory of Kevin O’Connell were used to clean, repair and provide new batteries for the park’s current X8 ATV Sand Chair that was donated by the Friends group several years ago.

The event included a mobile hike with guests using the new chairs along a loop of trails 8 and 10 in the park.

The Dunes ATV chairs will be located at the Nature Center from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Guests may reserve chairs by calling 219-926-1390. The chairs to use on the park’s beach can be borrowed through the lifeguards from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Several other state parks offer guests motorized wheelchairs of varying types. Partners in the purchase of these chairs have included Innovation in Motion, the Emma Snyder Charitable Trust and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation at Charlestown State Park; Indiana Trail 100 and Innovation in Motion at Chain O’Lakes State Park; the Brown family through the Friends of Spring Mill at Spring Mill State Park; the Friends of Mounds State Park and Auto Farm Mobility at Mounds State Park; Innovation in Motion at Pokagon, Fort Harrison and McCormick’s Creek state parks and the Harrison County Community Foundation at O’Bannon Woods State Park.

For chair availability and additional information, contact the property you plan to visit.