New Chair Available At Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park For Those With Mobility Issues

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Crescent City, California — Officials with Redwood National and States Park (RNSP) and Redwood Park Conservancy (RPC) have announced a new way for those with limited mobility to explore the trails and sights of the park previously made difficult with regular wheel chairs.

Sal Munoz, Acting Executive Director of Redwood Parks Conservancy, Steve Mietz, Redwood National and State Parks Superintendent, Beth and Kirk Mickelsen, David’s Chair, and Erin Gates, California State Parks North Coast Redwoods District Interpretation and Education Program Manager celebrate the arrival of David’s Chair at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo courtesy of Redwood National and State Parks.

With the opportunity to explore the designated trails of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, the new chair allows those with mobility difficulties to enjoy areas regular wheel chairs aren’t able to access.

The new track chair is available free of charge at the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and can be reserved online in 3-hour blocks starting at 9 am until 12 pm and from 1 pm until 4 pm. To reserve a chair, visit https://www.redwoodparksconservancy.org/permits/davids-chair.

Park Rangers test chair for first time on the Karl Knapp trail within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo courtesy of Redwood National and State Parks.

The new chair is made possible by partnership with David’s Chair Outdoor Mobility System, a non-profit organization working to help people with limited mobility to enjoy more freedoms and independence that previously thought possible.

David Echt, visiting the redwoods from San Rafael, CA. Photo courtesy of Redwood National and State Parks.

The track chair arrived to the park on Monday, July 24, 2023, and was immediately put to use by a visitor David Echt of San Rafael, CA. Echt, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 35, said the chair gave him freedoms he has gone without for half his life.