A local state park has taken steps to help visitors with disabilities enjoy more of what the park has to offer.
Thanks to grant dollars and the support of local governments, officials at Vega State Park have purchased some unique equipment that will help folks with limited mobility experience more of the great outdoors.
"I just think were very fortunate to have received this grant" said Helen Spence, the Volunteer Coordinator at Vega State Park.
Vega State Park will now be able to offer more opportunities to disabled visitors. The park has purchased two all terrain wheelchairs that'll help visitors get closer to the water so they can go fishing at the reservoir.
"Our reservoir is drained off during the summer for irrigation purposes in the valley below. So as the water recedes, it gets to be further and further for them to get to the water, so it just helps people with disabilities to access fishing more easily here at Vega” said Kedrick Robinson, Park Manager at Vega State Park.
In addition to the all terrain wheelchairs, the park has also purchased three "one armed bandit" fishing poles. These poles are specially designed to anchor into a strap that's tied around your waist.
"This could also work for someone with a temporary disability. A broken arm for instance, a bad sprain, someone who just needed that little extra help to fish for a while" explained Spence.
Officials at the park say that people have requested these types of devices in the past, but they weren't available. They hope to get the word out now and want to welcome these new visitors.
"We hope we'll make it a lot more fun for them to come here and enjoy what we have here because we're one of the better fisheries in this part of the state and we're proud of it and we just hope that they can come and enjoy and be able to access what everybody else can access" explained Robinson.
Park officials say they're looking forward to visitors coming to the park and using the new wheelchairs and fishing rods, which can be checked out at the parks visitor center.