Access granted

People with disabilities allowed free access to town parks and facilities

Buddy and Trish Washburn

Buddy and Trish Washburn Alyssa Jung

— Her desperation to stall the battles is why Washburn said she spent so much energy and time on getting Access Pass accepted and why she’s willing to put in the work to accomplish what still needs to be done.

“I used to be a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, and I still do believe everything happens for a reason, but I’m struggling with what the reason is,” said Washburn. “Right now, I think that I’m involved in a lot of different things to help people with disabilities, and I’m thinking that might be the reason why this happened.”

There’s still time for fun, though, and the family sometimes finds it in an unusual places.

“I love car dealerships, DeNooyer Chevrolet,” said Buddy. “They leave the cars unlocked; Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs. You can turn on the radio in Chevys even when they’re turned off.”

To learn more about Access Pass or how to apply, visit www.nysparks.com. For a list of parks in the Town of Colonie, visit www.colonie.org and click on the parks and recreation section.

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