Kids & Family

Volunteers Create "Adventure Club" for Kids of All Abilities

New adaptive bikes will make it easier for families with kids with disabilities to have fun outdoors together.

It's the time of year when everyone loves to get outdoors, maybe take a bike ride and enjoy the leaves. For people with disabilities, that's pretty much impossible. Now a group of volunteers in Ashland, OH are working to make sure everyone in their community has the chance to have an outdoor adventure, no matter their ability.

The Ashland County Park District and the Samaritan Foundation have created a free club, the "Me Too Adventure Club," with able bodied volunteers helping people with disabilities get out on the trails at the county parks. It's a lot easier, now that they've got four new adaptive bikes -- here's a demo of one of the tandem models:

That was Logan Zehner on the bike. He's the grandson of the Samaritan Foundation's Mona Campbell, who is excited about the opporutunities and joy the bikes will bring. "We want it to be all-inclusive," Campbell told the Ashland Times-Gazette . "This is for the whole family to get together," agreed Bob DeSanto from the Parks District.

Freer Park's 2 miles of paved trails are perfect for biking. Ashland County Pictures Facebook page

The club will hold special events throughout the year, thinks like fishing, camping, and hayrides with an emphasis on making the events accessible for children and young adults with special needs. The first event will be "The Great Bike Stampede," and will take place Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Freer Field -- if you're in the area stop by! It's free and open to the public, with safety checks for bikes by Ashland Bike Company and bike skill stations.

All "Me Too Adventure Club" activities will be accessible. Ashland County Pictures Facebook page

Did we mention they need volunteers to help people with the adaptive bikes? Well, they do! For information on volunteering or to join the Me Too Adventure Club, contact the Ashland County Park District office at 419-289-3524 or click here.

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