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Mass Audubon Adds Rugged Rollator Walkers At Its Sanctuaries with All Persons Trails

Press Release
July 25, 2023

LINCOLN, MA -- Mass Audubon visitors who enjoy its universally accessible All Persons Trails (APTs) will be able to explore nature more easily thanks to new heavy-duty rollator walkers at 12 of the conservation organization’s wildlife sanctuaries.

The all-terrain rollators, which roll on four oversize 10-inch solid tires, are designed to support navigation and mobility over rougher trail surfaces and feature a built-in rest seat. They are available to use free of charge.

Funding has been provided through the generous support of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

“The new rollators are ideal for negotiating outdoor pathways and we are delighted to have them available for visitors to borrow at our All Persons Trails,” Mass Audubon Director of Accessible Programs Lucy Gertz noted. “These walkers will accommodate people with disabilities, as well as older visitors, to more fully and confidently engage with the natural world at our wildlife sanctuaries at their own pace and resting whenever they need to.”

Nick Thompson, Marketing Director for 100Laps which distributes the rollators, said, “Many of our customers are birders and so we are delighted to work with Mass Audubon.”

All Persons Trails have been constructed at 15 Mass Audubon sanctuaries statewide, with several more sanctuaries to feature APTs within the next two years.

To learn more about Mass Audubon’s commitment to ensuring people with disabilities can connect with nature, including the All Persons Trails project, please visit massaudubon.org/accessibility.

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292. Media Contact: Julia Leonard, 973-933-7222; [email protected].

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at massaudubon.org.

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