About a month ago, Smith Rock State Park’s rangers took to some wheelchairs to see just how accessible the park is to those in different configurations of chairs and levels of assistance needed. We spoke with Ranger Nolan Ferdinand about what comes next.
Geoff Babb’s first ride in his wheelchair to the park back in 2006 was not pretty. He promptly did a face plant as the front wheels got stuck in a crack in the sidewalk. But while a near-fatal brain stem stroke left him with only limited use of one hand, he soon found his inflexible wheelchair to be the biggest obstacle to having fun in his beloved outdoors again. He set out to do something about it.