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Accessing nature got easier


Last updated 8/2/2022 at 3:12pm | View PDF

Good day, all. I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely week so far. This week, just a short update on a new ADA service available at our two El Paso County Nature Centers. This new feature will allow those with accessibility concerns the ability to better enjoy a couple of our wonderful parks.

Photo courtesy of El Paso County

Jeremy Chatelain, past board member at The Independence Center (front), and El Paso County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. test out the pair of new Terrain Hoppers at Bear Creek Nature Center on July 26.

On July 26, the El Paso County Community Services Department unveiled two Terrain Hoppers as part of the El Paso County Trailabilty Program during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at Bear Creek Nature Center. I was able to partake in the ceremony and took a short test run on one of the two vehicles. El Paso County was able to acquire the vehicles with the generous support from The Independence Center. "Our open spaces are vital to the mental and physical health of those in our region, both with and without disabilities," said Indy Frazee, CEO of The Independence Center. "We applaud El Paso County for expanding trail access and we are proud to support their efforts with this gift."

Terrain Hoppers are the ultimate off-road mobility power scooter designed to provide access to adventure, making the inaccessible, accessible. There will be a vehicle available for reservation through the El Paso County Trailability Program at both the Fountain Creek Nature Center and the Bear Creek Nature Center. Reservations can now be made online at for either location. I am proud that such collaboration will allow more of our residents to enjoy our great outdoors. God bless and have a great day.


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