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Wheelchair course at John Prince Park gets overhaul

Posted: 5:51 PM, Nov 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-16 17:51:12-05

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. -- Fred Sandberg came up with an idea to help people like him - build a wheelchair course at John Prince Park.

That was in 1980. Now it's 2019 and visitors are still enjoying it.

And after years of wear, the course just got an overhaul.

Sandberg said, "I wanted to make it accessible for multiple disabilities, whether for amputees, stroke victims, Parkinson’s disease, whatever it might be. It could be 15 or 20 disabilities. Not only is it usable by paraplegics and quadriplegics, spinal cord injury individuals, it also can be used by multiple other disabilities as well as their partners."

There are eight exercise stations.

"It makes you feel better about yourself. it gives you something to work towards. It gets you out in the community," Sandberg said.

The course helps more than the physical body.

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Director Eric Call says, "The new remodeled course incorporates not only physical disabilities but mental disabilities as well. You end up socializing with other people as well and for any kind of person with any kind of injury, it's always good to socialize with other people."

The course can be great for adaptive sports athletes, too.

Daniella Robbins is a Palm Beach County recreation specialist.

"A lot of my athletes would love a course like this. it gets them out it gets them active, it gets them connected with the community and it also spreads awareness of disabilities," she says.

Sandberg added, "With all of the people that are becoming disabled from wars and everything else, you would think there would be lots of these. But there are none, and this is just a basic course."