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High-ropes course at Camp Glen to open in May

February 15, 2014
By Vicki Johnson - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

A May 17 grand opening is scheduled for a wheelchair-accessible high-ropes course under construction at Camp Glen.

"It's the only wheelchair-accessible course in the nation," said Chris Lewis, Camp Glen director for Camp Fire's Northwest Ohio Council, which is based in Findlay.

Camp Glen, along the Sandusky River on TR 131 off CR 6, is a nature camp that runs children's summer camps, adult workshops and other outdoor activities.

The course is designed for universal accessibility to be used by people with all levels of disability as well as by people without disabilities.

"If you want to come play on it, that's the time to do it," he said.

Lewis said fundraising for the project is nearing completion. He has been informed of another grant the project has received from a Findlay foundation toward its goal of $145,000, but the amount has not yet been revealed.

"We're sitting at between $113,000 and $114,000 right now," he said. "And even closer with this grant."

Originally scheduled to open last May, construction was hindered by wet weather last spring and summer, and cold and snowy weather this winter. Lewis said he's confident it will be finished by May.

He said the course is the usual high-ropes course, but many changes are being made to allow most stations to be used by people of all ability levels. It is to include 16 or 17 activities, ending in a 500-foot zip line to the ground.

"It's going to be quite exciting in that regard," he said. "So far, we haven't encountered any challenges we haven't been able to overcome."

He said 80 percent of the course is to be wheelchair accessible.

"Paraplegics will be able to transfer themselves from element to element," he said.

The idea is to provide people with disabilities an area where they are capable of navigating by themselves.

He expects Camp Glen will partner with programs from throughout Ohio such as Wounded Warrior projects and programs for the developmentally disabled such as Seneca County Opportunity Center.

At the May event, Camp Glen's staff is to host a ribbon-cutting, provide information on the course and allow people to try it out.

"And we'll be taking summer camp registrations," Lewis said.



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