ROCHESTER, Minn. – A new city resource is helping make trails in Rochester accessible to people with limited mobility.
Rochester’s new action track chair is a motorized wheelchair that can roll over all types of terrain.
19-year-old Jonah Devine is the first person to try it out, going along the trails at Quarry Hill Nature Center with this dad Todd.
“Usually we're just pushing the chair. This gives him the opportunity to lead, decide where we're going and to, you know, experience the off-roading, so we can go anywhere we want to go,” Todd said.
Jonah said one of the coolest parts of the chair is that it allowed him to get up close to water along side the trails. This made any nerves he had about the chair worth it, and he encourages everyone to give the chair a try.
“Go right ahead and try it,” Jonah said. “I know you’re scared I was too.”
Rochester City Council bought the chair for a little over $11,000.
It made the purchase after high school senior Noah Hanson went to City Council with the idea.
The new first-year college student had this to say about the purchase:
“This is a project I have been extraordinarily passionate about. I have seen and experienced firsthand the freedoms the Action Trackchairs can provide to individuals with physical limitation in allowing them to roam beyond their normal boundaries and into the great outdoors. It is so exciting to see everyone, regardless of ability, have the opportunity to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.”
The action trackchair can be reserved for 90 minutes at a time at Quarry Hill Nature Center.
To reserve the chair click here and go to “bike/TrackChair rentals.”