Riverside Skating Center gets ADA compliant sleds

The City of West Lafayette recently bought two ADA compliant sleds so now, people with disabilities can get out on the ice and have some fun.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 10:30 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2020 11:25 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Riverside Skating Center in West Lafayette has a great new addition. The city recently bought two ADA compliant sleds so now, people with disabilities can get out on the ice and have some fun. The sleds debuted at the rink on Monday.

They work for people of all ages. Eleven-year-old Eli Van Gorder got on the ice using the sled. He said it felt like he was in a Mario Kart game. Eli's family said he loves seeing the skaters at Disney on Ice and watching the Zamboni clean the ice.

The skater can either be pushed by someone or can use the skating sticks to push themselves along. 

Tim Clark is the ADA Coordinator for the City of West Lafayette. He said this sends a message of inclusiveness at this popular winter attraction.

"Whether they live here or they are coming to visit the community, they can come out and enjoy the things that we do," he said. "We want to make it accessible for absolutely everyone."

Clark said the sleds cost about $750 each and were worth every penny.

It was a special moment for David Meihls, who has been in a wheel chair for the past 25 years, because of who he got to share it with.

"I've been coming here for years with my own children and today is going to be the first time I'll be able to actually get out there on the ice with any of them," he said. Meihls is the owner of ADA Consultants of Indiana and he helps the City of West Lafayette become more accessible.

Riverside Skating Center is scheduled to be open through March 8th weather permitting.

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