Easy, cheap ways to get outside this summer

You don't need a lot of fancy equipment to have a good time outside.

There are plenty of factors that keep people inside on nice days — the biggest barriers being work and health issues. But hurdles that are more easily overcome include not being able to afford activities and a lack of accessible spaces — for children, seniors and people with disabilities.

Here are some resources to help you find more accessible spaces and activities on the cheap!

“Not much is needed to enjoy a day outdoors: A pair of comfortable tennis shoes and athletic clothes suffice,” said Randolph Briley, special assistant to the commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources who recently shared some outdoor tips with MPR News.

That’s all you’ll need if you’re looking for a nice walk down a trail, or some playtime at your local park. Check out your city’s official website, most will have a page dedicated to local parks and recreation opportunities — including park finders and a calendar of community activities (often free!)

The DNR has a locator for state trails and parks. You can filter for accessibility and whether or not they are considered kid-friendly — shorter, and more frequent restroom opportunities. The DNR also has a trail start-up guide which includes a category for trails described as “kid-friendliest.”

When it comes to state parks, accessibility varies. For people who have trouble walking, a visual impairment or who require the use of a wheelchair, there are a options available. According to the DNR’s website, special arrangements can sometimes be made if you call the park you plan to visit ahead of time. A full list of the accessible spaces and programs the DNR offers can be found on their “Accessible outdoors” site.

Explore Minnesota — the tourist information center for the state — also has an online database for places, activities and events that prioritize the needs of people with disabilities. 

For full article, go to: MPR News

Source, image(s), credits & more: MPR News | Sara Porter