Westchester Parks Foundation Launches Trails Without Limits

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The Westchester Parks Foundation and Westchester County Parks Department launched an adaptive hiking program throughout the county.

The Trails Without Limits Program allows individuals living with paralysis, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities to enjoy a hike on Westchester County trails. Those who participate in the free program will use specially designed all-terrain trackchairs that function on dirt trails, mud, sand, and grass. This program is the first of its kind in the county.

Westchester Parks Foundation and Westchester County Parks Department officially launched the all-terrain program on March 29 at Saxon Woods Park in White Plains. The first parks to offer the program are Saxon Woods Park, Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers, and Muscoot Farm in Katonah. Additional parks will be announced this summer.

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Photo courtesy of Westchester Parks Foundation and Thompson & Bender.

“The Nationally Accredited Westchester County Parks system is here to serve our entire community. I’m elated Westchester Parks Foundation is taking the necessary actions to create accessibility in our parks,” says George Latimer, Westchester County Executive.

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Fundraising efforts for the Trails Without Limits program began this fall with Westchester Parks Foundation’s #GivingTuesday campaign, which launched after a successful pilot program. The park’s foundation also received a generous grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center.

“For some, it may be the first hike they’ve ever had the chance to be included in. For others, it may be the first time immersed in trails since their diagnosis,” says Erin Cordiner, Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement, Westchester Parks Foundation says

Photo courtesy of Westchester Parks Foundation and Thompson & Bender.

Residents looking to take part in the program can do so by signing up for 50-minute time slots at https://www.thewpf.org/trailswithoutlimits. The chairs will rotate throughout the county with initial slots available through June from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

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