By angelamontana

Posted: August 7, 2023

All-terrain wheelchair available for free public use

BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana State Parks Foundation are hosting an event at Lake Elmo State Park to celebrate enhanced accessibility on Friday, Aug. 11. With Governor Greg Gianforte and community partners, FWP and the foundation will introduce Lake Elmo’s new Action Trackchair, an all-terrain wheelchair designed to empower individuals of all abilities to explore the Billings state park. This all-terrain wheelchair is now available free of charge for the public to use.

The event will take place at the Lake Elmo boat ramp pavilion from 4 to 6 p.m., with the formal program beginning at 4:30 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to help us celebrate this exciting addition to Lake Elmo.

The Action Trackchair was purchased through grant funding from the Montana State Parks Foundation, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grant Program and Hydro Flask’s Parks for All Grant Program. Lake Elmo’s Action Trackchair is the second of its kind available at a Montana state park. Lone Pine State Park near Kalispell also offers a reservable chair for the public to use free of charge.

How to reserve the Action Trackchair:

Call the Lake Elmo State Park manager at 406-422-2277 or the Region 5 front office at 406-247-2940 for a reservation.

Who can reserve the Action Trackchair?

Anyone with a disability that limits them from using the primary Lake Elmo trail system. Proof of disability documentation is required. Users need to be accompanied by a non-disabled person when using the chair.

Where can someone use the Action Trackchair?

Currently, the Action Trackchair can only be used on the primary Lake Elmo trail system and the ADA accessible fishing pier.

About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants Program

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

The Quality of Life Grants Program, pioneered by the late Dana Reeve, empowers people living with paralysis, their families and caregivers by providing grants to nonprofit organizations whose projects and initiatives foster inclusion, involvement and community engagement.

About the Hydro Flask Parks For All Program

Parks For All is the giving platform for the brand Hydro Flask. Through Parks For All, Hydro Flask supports nonprofit organizations focused on building, maintaining, restoring and providing more equitable access to parks, as well as working toward making the world a better place through its goal to help eliminate single-use plastic. For Hydro Flask, parks represent a place everyone can go to recreate, relax, or be inspired. Parks For All is the brand’s way of sharing its love for green spaces, and ensuring these special places get the attention and protection they deserve.

As of January 2023, Parks For All has supported 204 nonprofits by contributing over $3 million and donating more than 79,000 Hydro Flask bottles to its grantees. For more information about the Parks For All Program, visit:




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