Seven options for those who use a wheelchair to get outdoors in

first_imgAmy Bounds wants to enjoy the outdoors with her family. The hitch: Her husband uses a wheelchair.The 45-year-old Vancouver woman posed this question to Clark Asks: “What outdoor activities — such as camping, hiking, swimming and exploring — are available in Clark County for people in a wheelchair?”“We haven’t done much,” Bounds said. Her husband, Jeff, is a 52-year-old Iraq war veteran in a wheelchair as a result of his service. They want to get outside with their two teenagers. They have been to Klineline Pond, a popular swimming spot north of Vancouver, but are seeking other adventures.Although most parks have been upgraded to provide restrooms and parking spots that comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, it takes a bit more than that to provide a truly good outdoor experience for those using wheelchairs. We talked with parks and public lands officials to create this list of seven activities in and near Clark County.• Take a hike without leaving town.Salmon Creek Greenway and Trail via the Salmon Creek Sports Association Complex, 800 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver; easiest way to get to the greenway trail is through the parking lot at the ball fields, where parking is free. The 3-mile paved trail follows Salmon Creek through a meadow, wetland and woods. The trail is pretty flat, with a few gentle slopes about halfway through, and a steeper slope leading up to Northwest 36th Avenue on the west end. Even though the trail is in an urban area, it’s not uncommon to spot herons, egrets and even beavers. If you park at nearby Klineline Pond, you’ll have to pay $3 per car, but you’ll be close to wheelchair-accessible viewpoints where you can fish.last_img

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