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Gary's Miller Community 1st Annual Outdoor Adaptive Escapade

Jul 15 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dana Evans Community Corner - Gary

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Active_Transportation_Festival_Coming_to-1On Saturday, July 15, Gary’s Miller neighborhood is hosting Chicagoland’s first annual Outdoor Adaptive Escapade, one of several 2017 activities under the umbrella of Gary’s Miller Spotlight program.

The 1st Annual Outdoor Escapade will be held Saturday July 15 and start at 10:00AM at The Dana Evans Community Corner (6300 Miller Ave Gary, IN 46403).This location will be one of four sites set up in Gary’s Miller community for this active tourism festival. The festivities will include a ton of free active tourism attractions such as paddling, bicycling and archery.

The Outdoor Adaptive Escapade (OAE) focuses on highlighting green & blue trails. It celebrates all abilities and showcases the many hidden recreational gems that the Miller area in Gary and neighboring communities have to offer. OAE will feature adaptive vehicles and equipment that will enable individuals with limited mobility to access roads, trails, dunes, and beaches, to participate in activities of all types of terrains and in all kinds of weather. New resources and opportunities typically not seen or not readily available will be introduced to community attendees of different abilities that allow for a fun, creative outdoors experience. Staging will take place primarily at 6300 Miller Ave., the ADA Launch at Calumet Lagoon in Marquette Park, the Douglas Center for Environmental Education and at Lake Street Beach.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and experience a wide range of adaptive outdoor recreation equipment including: accessible paths, vehicles, hand and tandem cycles, Action Trackchairs, and Freedom Trax, kayaks and paddle boards. Zagster Bikeshare and Miller Spotlight’s Take-Bike- the-Streets initiative will be on hand to demonstrate bikes and share information about bike sharing, bike racks, bike repair stations and Build-A-Bike shop initiatives in Gary’s Miller neighborhood.

The Miller Spotlight group will showcase the initial phases of two accessible community gardens. These gardens will also be a part of the Miller Garden Club’s Secret Garden Walk taking place on the same day. Activities are in coordination with Adaptive Adventures, Northwest Paddling Association (NWIPA), Barrier Free Beach 2020, City of Gary Parks & Recreation, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, National Park Services, Save the Dunes, Causes for Change, and the Legacy Foundation Neighborhood Spotlight Groups.

The purpose of The Outdoor Adaptive Escapade is to showcase that aging and disability impact everyone. One in three households in the USA is home to a person with a varying ability. Universal design principles should be considered whenever and wherever possible, for the benefit of each and all. Infrastructure, transportation, and the environment should be considered from conception through execution; programs and services developed and implemented with all in mind.

Anyone seeking additional information may contact Jessica Renslow, via (818) 294-4240/ millerspotlight@gmail.com, or follow Miller Spotlight on Facebook.


Dana Evans Community Corner

6300 Miller Ave




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