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Mobility problems? Hitch a ride and see fall color atop Avalanche Mountain

The Boyne City Police Department is partnering with the Boyne Boat Yard, offering rides to the top of Avalanche Preserve for mobility impaired individuals.

The scenery is spectacular this time of year and some people are not able to take advantage of the view because of their physical limitations.

Boyne Boat Yard Manager Charlie Harrett had the idea when he asked about getting his disabled son to the top of Avalanche.

Charlie said he wanted his son to see what he and his wife have seen, referring to the view from the top.

The top of Avalanche is reached by a narrow gravel trail, which is gated because vehicles are prohibited.

The normally locked gate will be opened by the Police Department on Saturday Oct. 17 between 10 a.m. and noon.

Police Officers and Charlie Harrett will drive the vehicles to the top. Boyne Boat Yard is making 4 wheel drive trucks available for the transports.

Any mobility impaired individual’s interested in a ride to the top should be at the Avalanche Preserve parking lot between 10:00am and 11:45am. The parking lot is at the south end of Wilson St. Individuals must be able to ride in a vehicle seat.

The city hopes to make this an annual event during the color season.

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