Three Rivers offers inclusion services to people with disabilities who choose to participate in general recreation and education programs. Advance notice of 14 days is usually sufficient for requests. We will do our best to accommodate requests on shorter notice. Please be prepared to discuss limitations resulting from your disability and potential accommodations. A photo ID may be required as a deposit for an individual requesting the use of equipment. Contact individual park locations for additional information.
Watch a video on adaptive recreation in Three Rivers.
All-terrain Wheelchair (Hippocampe)
Can be used in the swim pond or the sand at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park. After the beach season, the chair will be available at Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park. Visit spokesnmotion.com for product information.
All-terrain Wheelchair (Terra Trek)
The wheelchair is primarily available at program centers when a personal electric chair will be difficult to use on the trails or an individual is unable to walk a longer distance. Chair is lightweight and has push handles, safety straps, and wider, knobby tires (similar to mountain bike tires). Seat widths: child - 14”; adult -18”.
Available at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement (1 child); Coon Rapids Dam (1 child); Eastman Nature Center (1 adult, 1 child); Gale Woods Farm (1 adult); Lowry Nature Center (1 adult, 1 child); Richardson Nature Center (1 adult, 1 child).
Archery Bow Stand
The bow stand will assist archers who have difficulty gripping a bow. Available upon request for scheduled archery programs.
Assistive Listening Device
For classroom situations or meetings when one or more participants with hearing impairment are in the audience. Includes 1 complete system with 2 receivers.
Available at the Administrative Center (1) and can be available at other sites upon request.
Beach Wheelchair (Tiralo)
Floating beach chair for use at guarded swim ponds. Able to accommodate all sizes (max. weight 300 lbs). Must be pulled by someone to the water. Non-swimmers must wear a life vest.
Available at Elm Creek Park Reserve (1).
The paddling seat consists of pelvic, lateral, lumbar and upper-back supports. It has several vertical adjustments to fit different torso lengths and types. Available for programs and lessons only.
The Canon Powershot SX50 includes a remote switch and a flexible tripod that can be attached to a chair or railing. This equipment is helpful for people with unsteady hands or arms, and limited mobility.
Available at Silverwood Park (1) for scheduled groups and programs.
Solo rider golf cart. Available for golf programs or as a rental cart after an assessment has been completed.
Available at Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center (1).
Off-road hand-powered cycles are available for people with limited or no use of their lower extremities. They can also be used for people with balance issues. Available for program use on designated trails only.
Available at Elm Creek Park Reserve (1) and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (1).
Outriggers for added stability are available for people with limited lower body movement or balance issues.
Available at French Regional Park (1) and Hyland Lake Park Reserve (2).
Scheduled programs and lessons only: Kayaks equipped with adjustable back and side support. Outriggers for added stability and Velcro wrist grips on the paddle for people with limited hand function.
Nordic Walking and Trekking Poles
Used for walking, the poles can assist with balance, help to reduce pressure on joints, and can increase your cardio workout.The Nordic pole strap is secured by Velcro around a person's hand, and there is a hole for the thumb. No charge. Photo ID required. Visit leki.com for product information.
Available at Cleary Visitor Center; Eastman Nature Center; French Visitor Center; Gale Woods Farm; Kroening Interpretive Center; The Landing; Lowry Nature Center; Recreation staff; Richardson Nature Center; Silverwood Park.
PAL (Protect And Locate) Tracking System
The PAL tracking system is worn on the wrist just like a normal wrist watch. The difference with PAL is that it will protect and locate an "at risk" individual if they wander. Along with the digital watch/transmitter PAL also has a portable receiver which notifies the caregiver of a wandering event through the use of GSM and GPS technologies. The device is available to park guests on a first come, first served basis free of charge. A three-day limit applies. Contact Public Safety at 763.694.7730 to reserve a unit. Note: The PAL unit is meant to assist with – but is not a substitute for – monitoring of vulnerable individuals.
Pulk - KinderShuttle
Used by parents to pull children while skiing. Harness is designed to pull a 60 lb child. Fits pre-set tracks or can be used to skate ski. Rental item.
Available at Baker Park Ski Chalet (1); Hyland Visitor Center (1).
For winter nature center and recreation programs. Sling seat, shoulder harness in front for pulling, handles on back for pushing. Short poles for independent use. Allows individuals with mobility impairment to get out on cross-country ski and snowshoe trails (with assistance).
Available at Eastman Nature Center (1 - 6 ft); Lowry Nature Center (1 - 4 ft); Richardson Nature Center (1 - 4ft).
Used as a rental item at a cross-country ski facility or with outdoor education programs. Lightweight aluminum frame with seat sling mounted on cross-country skis to be used by individuals with mobility impairments in or out of the groomed ski trail track. Individual propels the sit-ski by use of double poling technique. Kiwi brand sit-ski. Visit spokesnmotion.com for product information.
Note: Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area offers an adaptive downhill ski lesson program through the Courage Center, which provides equipment.
Available at Baker Park Ski Chalet (1); Elm Creek Park Chalet (8); French Visitor Center (1).
Models are the Breezy Ultra 4 (adult size) and the Viper Pediatric (child size). There is no charge for use.
Available at the Administrative Center (1 child); The Landing (1 adult, 1 child); Silverwood Park (2 adult, 1 child).