Individuals living with disabilities who visit Allegany State Park will now find it easier to enjoy the trail systems in both the Red House and Quaker areas with the recent installation of electric wheelchair/scooter charging stations.

The stations were purchased with funds from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Improving Health in People Living with Disabilities Grant. The funding was awarded to 10 communities nationally, including two in New York state: Cattaraugus County’s Healthy Livable Communities Consortium and Syracuse.

Grantees targeted policy, system or environmental changes that foster healthy eating, physical activity or tobacco prevention and reduction with a principal focus on people with disabilities.

This is the first occasion that charging stations have been used in New York State Parks, according to officials.

“We are very pleased to receive these new accessibility enhancements on behalf of Allegany State Park,” said Jay Bailey, regional director of the Allegany Region of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “These devices will further promote accessibility here in the park and hopefully add to the overall positive experience that our patrons have during their visit.

“These new wheelchair charging stations will be placed at high use patron areas adjacent to accessible trails,” he added. “We are committed to making Allegany State Park welcoming to people of all abilities.”

Debra Nichols and Sandi Brundage, coaches for the Improving Health of People Living with Disabilities funding, met with park representatives to deliver the devices.