TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A new trail designed for those with disabilities was unveiled at Griffin Bike Park in Vigo County Saturday.
The park’s new Freedom Trail includes wide turns and less intense inclines for those using adaptive equipment.
“They’re excited about what adventures lie ahead for them and we’ll continue to expand. Right now we have one wheelchair and one bike. We’ll have a fleet of them before it’s over,” stated co-founder of Griffin Bike Park, Gene Griffin.
Work on the trail began in June and the park raised $400,000 to build the trail. Those in attendance for the unveiling included county and state officials as well as disabled veterans.
“I love the outdoors and the opportunity to get back out there on a piece of adaptive equipment like a hand-cycle…it’s pretty special,” explained veteran and ISU professor Don Rogers.
Pictures and descriptions of deceased military men and women line the Freedom Trail, leading up to a monument honoring Dale Griffin, Gene’s son who died in Afghanistan in 2009.
“Just the opportunity to be able to show those who have paid the price that they’re appreciated,” stated Griffin. “That they are part of our history and part of the freedom we have.”
NIPSCO also presented the park with a check for $35,600 at the end of the ribbon cutting ceremony.