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 or learn more about the 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.

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. 

Available at:

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 scheduled programs only.

Child Ski & Bike Trailers

Ski Trailers

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 for 4 hours.

Available at: 

Bike Trailers

Child bike trailers are used by adults to pull children while biking. This trailer is designed to pull 1–2 children for a total of 100-pound capacity. Child bike trailers are available to rent at a rate of $8 for 2 hours. 

Available at:

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 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 adapted golf carts.

Available at Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center (4).


Off-road hand-powered cycles and one electric-assist handcycle 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 only.


Kayaks with adjustable back and side support, outriggers for added stability and paddle wrist grips are available for scheduled programs at no additional cost. These adaptations may be helpful for people with limited hand function, limited lower body movement or balance issues.

Nordic Walking & 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.

Three Rivers has Leki poles (product information) at all locations except at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, which has BAFX poles (product information).

Available at:

PAL (Protect & 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.


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 (product information).

Available at:

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

Snow Sled

Adapted snow sleds have side and back support. They can be pushed from behind or pulled while walking, as well as used on slopes.  


Standard Wheelchairs

Three Rivers offers several wheelchair models.

Available at (* designates availability for programs only):

All-Terrain Wheelchairs

All-terrain wheelchairs are available for general use, programs and lessons upon request. 

Beach Wheelchairs

Three Rivers has multiple models of wheelchairs for beach use, which can be used in the swim ponds or the sand. They are available for programs and lessons upon request.

  • Lake Minnetonka Regional Park: 1 Grit Freedom Chair 3.0 beach chair (product information) available during the beach season (Memorial Day through Labor Day).
  • Elm Creek Swim Pond: 1 Tiralo beach chair
    • This floating chair 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.