Taking a trip to a local park on a sunny day is a wonderful way to spend time enjoying fresh air and the beauty of the outdoors. However, if you or a loved one have mobility issues and must rely on a wheelchair, scooter, or other mobility equipment, a trip outdoors requires careful planning. Below are several tips to help make a day at a park a memorable experience for those who need mobility assistance.
How to Plan a Mobility-Friendly Trip to the Park
1. Check the Trails
Nature trails are a popular activity at parks, but not all of them are wide enough to accommodate mobility equipment. Though you should always research a new trail before you embark on a hike to learn about its length and the required skill level for completion, you also need to check its width. Only choose paths that are wide enough to accommodate the size of a wheelchair or walker. The path should also be free of climbable obstructions and other potential hazards.
2. Look for Ramps
Play areas, picnic tables, restrooms, and other park-related attractions may have enough room for a person in a wheelchair to maneuver around. However, if you must go up or down steps to reach them, the attractions are not accessible. Choose a park that either has adequate ramps for easy access or is built on a leveled ground without steps.
3. Research Nearby Parks
Inclusive parks with accessible features and attractions certainly exist, but finding them can be a challenge. Thankfully, there are websites dedicated to locating mobility-friendly playgrounds and parks. Before you head out, check the directory to find a park that’s suitable for your needs. Through your research, you may also discover fun new activities to do at each destination.
If your loved one is ready to spend time in the great outdoors but requires mobility assistance, Rapid Rehab in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, is here to help. Since 2003, this rehabilitation center and mobility equipment store has offered clients a wide selection of affordable wheelchairs, stair lifts, scooters, and other aids to improve accessibility. To learn more about their products, call (715) 423-2084, and visit their website to browse their services.