Mike Delancey, a Pinellas Park resident who himself was critically injured in a sniper attack during military combat in Iraq and has confronted his own life changing injuries.
The Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch will be built to inspire veterans of all conflicts to get OUT and ACTIVE. The Ranch and Park will offer activities for all Military Veterans in need of a supportive and healing environment, to give them a new sense of hope, resilience and strength as they move forward in their journey.
The Park will be a purpose built facility for Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their caregivers to enjoy a variety of recreational activities . Fully ADA accessible and furnished with specialist fitness equipment to build strength in body and mind it will be a place to relax and enjoy. The Ranch also plans to offer fishing trips, kayaking , sailing and accessible transport to sporting activities, airports and Tampa Bay area attractions.
A social outdoor space will be a key element of the Park, giving the Veterans , their families and caregivers an opportunity to reconnect and share experiences while also gaining strength, empowerment and tools to help their recovery and healing.
The Ranch will be designed to support both the physical and emotional needs of Warriors with fitness and sports at its core.
The City Park will offer cycling and walking trails, A fully stocked pond for fishing , specially designed ADA Work Out stations to strengthen both body and mind and a large multi purpose sports court specifically designed for Wheelchair Sports and Events. The Park will also have a pavilion to host events including picnic tables, grills and a Dog Park.
“These veterans have sacrificed to keep us free,” said Mayor Sandy Bradbury. “It is only right that we show our gratitude to them for those sacrifices and help them get the care and benefits they deserve.”