Otherside Fun Park

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"I'm fishin."

John Fleenor and other Lifeskills clients reeled in a great day at the Otherside.

Doug Cropper is CEO of the Otherside. He says, "The Otherside Fun Park is a nonprofit organization it’s been designed her in Bowling Green - Warren County to create recreational opportunities for people with disabilities."

Doug Cropper came up with the idea after losing his hands and feet in 1996.

Cropper says, "I figured since I couldn't work I could try to go fishing. Well, I couldn't either and I didn't like that."

So he figured out a way to make fishing accessible to handicapped people.

Cropper says, "We've got rods and reels, push-button rods, and reels that mount to the wheelchairs. If they don't have use of their hands or parts of their body, they can push these buttons and reel in their own fish."

James Fishback is one of the people enjoying the Otherside. He says, "The pole is working just fine. The fish are not cooperating very well!"

The main goal of the Otherside Fun Park is to include handicapped people in events they might not otherwise have a chance to participate in.

Fishback says, "This is something that attracts people that have been left behind."

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