Common Ground gears up for a new year of helping people

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures (CGOA) serves over 3,000 people a year, providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to ride a bike or go skiing or try rafting and all the while helping them forget about their disability, at least for a day.

“That’s right,” said Program Director Bryce Patten. “In the summertime we’re outdoors all the time going rafting or camping. You will see us in the different parks around town riding bikes, or down at first dam or out in the marshes with our canoes.”

“In the winter we’ll be rock climbing or skiing. So we’re going all year around.”

Patten said looking toward 2016 CGOA is making a huge push to expand their adaptive ski program and year-round facilities at Beaver Mountain Ski Resort.

“We have worked it out with Beaver Mountain to be able to have our own lodge up at Beaver and it will be right in front of the Harry’s Dream Lift. This will give us the opportunity to grow our program and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to go skiing. We hope to be up there every day of the week.”

Patten said CGOA does from 250 to 300 activities each year, serving thousands in the process.

“We are a non-profit and we need the support from the community to provide this service. Money donated goes back into our program, helping people with disabilities get out and enjoy life.

“We invite everybody to take a close look at our successes and make a tax-deductible year-end contribution.”

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