Off-road wheelchairs available by the sea | News Radio 1190 KEX

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Offering a new way to get out on the beach and into nature for people with limited mobility, over the 4th of July weekend, David’s Chair Outdoor Mobility Systems will bring seven all-terrain power wheelchairs to the Seaside Boardwalk (between Broadway and Avenue A) for people with reduced mobility. to try for free.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, people who register at https://davidschair.org can have the chance to strap in and experience the freedom of traveling along the beach without having to to worry about sand or water. .

Anyone with reduced mobility, requiring the assistance of wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes or crutches, can use these chairs free of charge.

David’s Chair Outdoor Mobility Systems and Oregon Parks Forever are collaborating to add 10 additional locations where visitors with reduced mobility can pick up and use an all-terrain power wheelchair at no charge.

These chairs will provide a new freedom for a park visitor with limited mobility – to get off the sidewalk and out into nature.

With increased accessibility to trails, lakes, rivers and beaches, in demanding conditions like sand, snow and mud, visitors with reduced mobility will be able to participate in activities never before possible.

From bird watching to fishing, strolling along the beach, or just enjoying the fresh air and solitude of nature, these all-terrain chairs will invite many new people to share. the wonders of the great outdoors in our parks.

See these chairs in action at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4KIrqu47WY

Over the next two years, the partners are working to locate hosts in American Legion, VFW, and tourism-related entities along the Oregon Coast and I-5 corridor, where a chair and a trailer can be stored and made available for free use by visitors with mobility challenges.

We do this to make these chairs easier to access for more people. Under David’s Chair’s current operating model, anyone wishing to borrow one of its current seven chairs (for free) must bring a vehicle equipped with a trailer hitch to Medford and pick up a chair and trailer to take it there. where she wants to use it. This severely limits access to other parts of the state. One of the most popular uses for these chairs is hanging out on the beach, hence our desire for home locations along the Oregon Coast. Additionally, there are many parks in areas such as Springfield, Eugene, Salem, and Portland along the I-5 corridor that visitors would like to access.

Reservations for free use can be made at: https://davidschair.org.

Source: City of Seaside

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