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Disability Network Northern Michigan Hosts Accessible Recreation Day In Traverse City

Summer is here and a great time to enjoy the outdoors.

Disability Network Northern Michigan is making sure people know of all the inclusive activities in the region.

Thursday they are having their first ever Accessible Recreation Day in Traverse City.

This event is to show off all of the adaptive recreation activities in the Grand Traverse area.

Some of the organizations participating include Norte, Friends of Sleeping Bear and the Dream Team.

It’s an opportunity to test out the Disability Network’s Spirit Club, a virtual workout program.

“This workout features various types of positions. It serves as three different instructors, all with different abilities who can stand, do an increased advanced workout, a baseline workout, and a sitting workout. So people who are not able to stand can still access the same types of recreation or same types of exercise with everyone else,” says Alanna Lahey, associate director of Disability Network Northern Michigan.

Norte is helping put on the event and also has an activity for you to try.

They will have all their adaptive bikes out for people to test.

The adaptive bikes are available to people all summer long and free of charge.

Jill Sill, who was named executive director of Norte on Wednesday, says it is extremely rewarding to have these bikes accessible and usually when someone comes back from a ride they have a huge smile on their face.

“We feel that everybody should have the opportunity to move, gain confidence, socialize and enjoy our community,” she says. “Our adaptive bike fleet consists of numerous bicycles of variety of shapes and sizes to fit any individual that would like to ride.”

Adaptive bikes are available during clubhouse hours.

Accessible Recreation Day runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Grand Traverse County Civic Center Park.