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Eagle Scout leads volunteer project to build County's first Wheelchair Slalom course

Wheelchair Slalom course to be the newest addition to Miami-Dade Parks' Paralympic Experience

MIAMI (May 31, 2017)

Camp Matecumbe will be the site of the County’s first Wheelchair Slalom course, thanks to a conscientious Eagle Scout named John Henry Bowles who chose to build this course for Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services program as his Eagle Scout project.   With FPL External Affairs and other generous sponsors, Bowles and a team of volunteers, including Wynwood Graffiti artist Alex Lutin who paints from his wheelchair, will build the course this Saturday, June 3, beginning at 9 a.m., at Camp Matecumbe, 13841 SW 120 Street, Miami, FL. 

The course is made up of 15 components uniquely designed and drawn to scale by Hank Bowles, an engineer and father of John Henry, and will have interchangeable ramps to adjust to the difficulty level desired from beginner to advance.  Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services will introduce the Wheelchair Slalom course during its annual Paralympic Experience, October 28, 2017 at Tropical Park, followed by a series of teaching clinics leading up to a Wheelchair Slalom tournament in early 2018 at Camp Matecumbe.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.

Who:
John Henry Bowles, Eagle Scout Alex Lutin, Wynwood Graffiti artist who paints from his wheelchair Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services
What:
Eagle Scout Wheelchair Slalom course build project
When:
June 03, 2017 — 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where:
Camp Matecumbe 13841 SW 120 Street Miami, FL 305-752-4966; Disability Services 305-755-7848
Editor's Note:
Photo opportunity