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.
To arrange for the use of adapted equipment, please contact the park you would like to visit. 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.
Three Rivers also offers inclusion services to people with disabilities who choose to participate in general recreation and education programs.
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 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 most sizes (maximum weight of 300 lbs). The chair must be pulled by someone to the water, and non-swimmers must wear a life vest while using the chair. Visit Tiralo for product information.
All-terrain and beach wheelchairs are available for programs and lessons as well as upon request. There is no fee for the use of either type of wheelchair.
Archery Bow Stand
Will assist archers who have difficulty gripping a bow.
Available upon request for scheduled archery programs.
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.
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 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).
Outriggers for added stability are available for people with limited lower body movement or balance issues. Adapted kayaks are available for use at the regular rental rate of $6/30 minutes.
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. There is no charge to use walking and trekking poles. A photo ID is required. Visit leki.com for product information.
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 that 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 – 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.
Pulk sleds are available for winter nature center and recreation programs. The sleds come equipped with a sling seat, shoulder harness in front for pulling, and handles on the back for pushing. Short poles are available for independent use. Pulk sleds allow individuals with mobility impairment to get out on cross-country ski and snowshoe trails (with assistance).
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 by individuals with mobility impairments 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.
- Baker Park Ski Chalet (1)
- Elm Creek Park Chalet (8)
- French Visitor Center (1)
- Lowry Nature Center (1)