New disc golf course helps people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors

Today's oppressive heat didn't stop a celebration of a new way for people with disabilities to enjoy the great outdoors in the Pine Belt.  Today marked the grand opening of a new disc golf course at the Ashe Lake Recreation Area.

It's considered the first in the nation to be totally handicap-accessible.  State and Hattiesburg city officials, along with the U.S. Forest Service and the South Mississippi Public Accessibility Association gathered for a brief ceremony to mark the event.

"The facility itself is wonderful for people with disabilities," said Greg Gibbons of Sumrall, who attended the ceremony.  "There is plenty of access to everything, restrooms, cart paths, a fishing pier, all of it is very accessible and accomodates people with disabilities," Gibbons said.

The Ashe Lake Recreation Area opened in 2004 as the first totally-accessible recreation area in the state.