Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Hosts SportsAbility Event

Recreation event attracts 603 participants.

Recreation event attracts 603 participants.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service teamed up with the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) to host SportsAbility at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park on Saturday, Oct. 4, as an effort to promote active living in the lives of people of all abilities. An expo was held in Ocala on Friday, Oct. 3, to provide information to people with disabilities. More than 600 people attended both events.

SportsAbility provides first-hand access to recreation resources and demonstrations. The event provided opportunities for participants to network with people with disabilities, resource providers and community organizations.

The SportsAbility event at Paynes Prairie Preserve offered activities, including sit water skiing, kayaking, pontoon boat rides, a nature trail ride, fishing, bocce and more. People with disabilities were able to participate with their family and friends in all activities. The event was free for all participants.

“SportsAbility has proven to be a wonderful event for people of all abilities,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “Florida’s state parks seek to offer outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy.”

SportsAbility educates the public on the importance of an active lifestyle and participating in recreational opportunities. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The park also offers camping and picnic areas.

Thank you to all our sponsors such as Ocala Parks and Recreation, Disabled Sports USA, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program, Mobility Ventures LLC, and the Florida Park Service for helping make this event great.

Click here to learn more about SportsAbility or contact FDOA at 850-201-2944 or 352-401-3916 to find out more about upcoming events.

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