Albuquerque group works to improve wheelchair access in Bosque

Rio Grande and the Bosque
Rio Grande and the Bosque (Carey Olson KRQE)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One group is exploring the accessibility of Albuquerque trails for people who use wheelchairs or other assisted devices.

They’re trails well traveled. From cyclists to runners and walkers alike, Albuquerque’s Bosque is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

It’s also a place Ingrid Hendrix hopes one day she can experience without any trouble.

“Well, if you don’t know what the paths are like it can be a little nerve-racking,” said Ingrid Hendrix.

Hendrix was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy when she was 19-years-old.

Before that, she was a high school athlete.

“I was actually on a bunch of teams when I was in high school. I was very active, physically,” said Hendrix.

As time went on, Hendrix’s condition got worse. She’s been bound to a wheelchair for about 20 years.

“I find as I am getting more and more disabled that my opportunities for doing things get less and less,” she said.

That’s where Camilla Feibelman comes in.

“The Sierra Club and Bosque Action Team (BAT) have recognized the need of getting more opportunities to get all sorts of people out into nature,” said Rio Grande Sierra Club Director Camilla Feibelman.

On Saturday, representatives from the Sierra Club and the BAT along with a group of people with disabilities took a stroll through a section of the Bosque.

The goal is to explore the accessibility of the trails then give the city recommendations on how to improve them.

“Always, the biggest challenge is getting up and over the levee, those angles are pretty hard and sometimes there’s overgrown vegetation,” said Feibelman.

The group also encountered a steep ramp and uneven gravel on Saturday.

Hendrix said although the trek was difficult, it was worth it. “To just be able to enjoy what other people enjoy is wonderful,” said Hendrix.

The group said recommendations from the event will include adding in a new ramp on the trail and evening out the loose gravel.

They will take those ideas to the city and the state later this month.

The next “Bosque by Wheelchair” event is scheduled for October 17 at Rio Bravo Riverside Picnic Area.

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