New adaptive equipment unveiled at Maumee Bay State Park

Press Staff Writer

        Visitors of all abilities are now able to enjoy the water and learn the love of paddling at Maumee Bay State Park, thanks to a donation of new adaptive equipment.
        The new, accessible features were unveiled earlier this month by staff from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), members of the Ohio State Parks Foundation (OSPF) and representatives from sponsor Columbia Gas.
        “Improving outdoor recreation options at Ohio’s state parks for users of all abilities is a top goal for the Ohio State Parks Foundation,” said former Gov. Bob Taft, OSPF chairman at the event. “Today’s unveiling is just our first step toward accomplishing that goal.”
        Made possible through a donation to the Ohio State Parks Foundation, two new mobility mats provide a firm surface, connecting people of all abilities to the water’s edge. Two adaptive kayaks and an all-terrain wheelchair were also purchased with the funding provided by the NiSource Charitable Foundation.
        “We are always looking for ways to elevate the experience for our visitors and this equipment allows an even wider group to really enjoy the water at Maumee Bay State Park,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “This equipment addressed a big need for access, and we are thankful for this donation that will introduce more people to the beauty of our state parks.”
        The Ohio State Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization that supports Ohio State Parks by funding projects and programs of ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft. Creating new ways to improve park experiences for users of all abilities is one of the foundation’s goals.
        “Columbia Gas is committed to supporting safe spaces for all of our community members. We are thrilled to partner with the Ohio State Parks Foundation to ensure equity and accessibility here at Maumee State Park and throughout the state,” said Columbia Gas Community Engagement Manager Stephanie Merkle.
        Equipment can be borrowed from the park. Those interested in renting it out can call the Maumee Bay State Park office at 419-836-7758.


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