VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Last summer during a YMCA field trip, Griffin Bike Park manager Rich Moore, noticed a student who couldn’t participate in activities like her classmates.
“They brought a little girl named Kaylinn and she was in a wheelchair and they just kind of set her off to the side because we didn’t know what to do with her at the bike park,” Moore said.
Moore says he decided to push Kaylinn around the park, so she could enjoy the field trip, but he found out that just wasn’t enough. Moore with the help of trail builder Blake Griffin, then made a decision that would help those with similar circumstances.
“I got the brain child to go research this and build a trail that she can ride on in her wheelchair or with adaptive equipment,” Moore said.
This new trail, which will be known as the Warrior Trail, is wider than others at the bike park. Griffin says inclines are no larger than four degrees and there are no huge jumps.
In addition to the trail, a $3,800 dollar bike was donated to the park, so riders in wheelchairs can experience the park without being pushed. Kaylinn’s mother says seeing this trail come to life brought her to tears.
“She does get kind of upset seeing all the other kids playing soccer or dance classes and everything like that. So when I heard from Rich that they had made this trail, it made me cry. I just thought it was amazing that he had took the time after meeting her to make something like this,” said Ashley Morley, Kaylinn’s mother.
The inspiration behind this trail says she is surprised that this is happening and she’s looking forward to seeing it finally open.
“I’m just really excited, I’ve never heard that somebody could do that because somebody’s legs or anything like that,” Kaylinn Crouch said.
A ribbon cutting scheduled for next Thursday, where the Lt. Governor will be in town and demonstrations of how to ride the trail will be shown.
Moore says the trail is available to all riders with disabilities. The adaptive bike will stay at the park for those who need it.