Adapted Equipment

Three Rivers offers adapted equipment for almost any activity. Whether you want to relax on the beach or try a new sport, we can help make sure you have the equipment to do it comfortably — and at no additional cost.

To arrange for the use of adapted equipment, please contact the park you would like to visit. A two-week advance notice best ensures we can fulfill your request, but we do our best to accommodate requests on shorter notice.

Three Rivers also offers inclusion services for people with disabilities who participate in general recreation and education programs.

Adapted Recreation video with audio descriptions.

Upcoming Events

Sensory-Friendly Sundays

Sept. 22 | French & Lowry
Explore the play areas, buildings and trails at French Regional Park and Lowry Nature Center during these designated calmer times. Noise-cancelling headphones and sensory objects will be available. 

All-terrain and Beach Wheelchairs

All-terrain and beach wheelchairs can be used in swim ponds or the sand. An all-terrain chair is available at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park. After the beach season, the chair will be available at Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park. Visit Hippocampe for product information.

A second all-terrain chair made by Top End is available at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement

A floating beach chair that can also be used in the sand is available at Elm Creek Swim Pond. The floating chair is available for use at guarded swim ponds and can accommodate up to 300 pounds. The chair must be pulled by someone to the water, and non-swimmers must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while using the chair. Visit Tiralo for product information.

All-terrain and beach wheelchairs are available for programs and lessons upon request.

Archery Bow Stand

Assists archers who have difficulty gripping or holding up a bow.

Available for scheduled programs only.

Assistive Listening Device

An assistive listening device is available for classroom situations or meetings when one or more participants with hearing impairment are in the audience. One complete system with two receivers is available for use.

Available at the Administrative Center (1) and can be available at other sites upon request.

Canoe

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 scheduled programs only.

Digital Camera

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.

Golf Cart

Solo rider golf carts are available for golf programs or as rental carts after an assessment has been completed. There is no fee to use adaptive golf carts.

Available at Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center (4).

Handcycle

Off-road hand-powered cycles are available for people with limited or no use of their lower extremities. They can also be helpful for people with balance issues. Available for programs on designated trails only. 

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Kayak

Outriggers for added stability are available for people with limited lower body movement or balance issues. Adapted kayaks are available at the regular single kayak rate of $12/hour.

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Kayaks with adjustable back and side support, outriggers for added stability, and paddle wrist grips for people with limited hand function are available for scheduled programs at no additional cost.

Nordic Walking and Trekking Poles

Used for walking, the poles can assist with balance, help reduce pressure on joints, and increase your cardio workout. The Nordic pole strap is secured around a person's hand, and there is a hole for the thumb. Visit leki.com for product information.

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PAL (Protect And Locate) Tracking System

The PAL tracking system is worn on the wrist just like a normal wristwatch. 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 that notifies the caregiver of a wandering event through the use of GSM and GPS technologies.

The device is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 – Child Ski Trailer

Child ski trailers are used by adults to pull children while skiing. The harness is designed to pull a 60-pound child. Trailers fit pre-set tracks or can be used to skate ski. Child ski trailers are available to rent at a rate of $6/4 hours.

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Sit-ski

Sit-skis are available to rent at cross-country ski facilities or with outdoor education programs. They are made of lightweight aluminum frames with seat slings mounted on cross-country skis. They can be used in or out of the groomed ski trail track. The individual propels the sit-ski by using a double poling technique. Three Rivers uses Kiwi brand sit-skis. Visit spokesnmotion.com for product information.

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Note: Hyland Hills Ski Area offers an adapted downhill ski lesson program through Courage Kenny, which provides equipment.

Wheelchairs

Three Rivers offers the Breezy Ultra 4 (adult size) and the Viper Pediatric (child size) wheelchair models.

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