Staunton State Park becomes first in the state to have all-terrain wheelchair

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 10/18/16.

PINE, COLO. - Staunton State Park is making it easier for people with disabilities to enjoy Colorado's outdoors.

It's now the first park in the state to have an all-terrain wheelchair that operates on tank-like wheels, and can go off-road on dirt trails, and up inclines.

The nonprofit, Friends of Staunton State Park, donated the wheelchair in memory of Mark Madsen.

Madsen grew up spending time fishing and hiking with his sons in the area that is now Staunton State Park.

In April 2001, Madsen got into a car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. 

In the summer of 2014, the year after Staunton Park Officially opened, Madsen was again able to explore the area with the help of a track chair he borrowed from Craig Hospital.

When he passed away in August last year, his family asked that donations be sent to Friends of Staunton State Park in Mark's name, in lieu of flowers .

The nonprofit decided to use the funds - and money raised from an additional fundraiser - to purchase the all-terrain wheelchair for the park.

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