Tampa, FL-- New waterproof wheelchairs are making a splash at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

The zoo now features four waterproof wheelchairs, making water play possible for park guests with disabilities.

The chairs, known as "aqua chairs," are available free-of-charge for a fun time in the zoo's water play areas, explains a release.

This exciting new zoo feature is made possible by a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a group committed to supporting improvement of the quality of life for those with paralysis and other disabilities.

"We are proud to merit the support of the Reeve Foundation to help us ensure that all children have equal opportunities to enjoy the Zoo's water play areas," said Craig Pugh, executive director/CEO of the Zoo in the release. "We're thrilled that no child will be left out from splashing in the Zoo's many fountains."

The new aqua chairs are made of PVC and stainless steel, and are designed for use in the zoo's two water play areas on those sunny days where you just can't beat the heat.

"The Quality of Life grants program allows us to connect with other nonprofit organizations to enable individuals living with paralysis and their families to enhance their daily livelihood," said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "Promoting as much freedom and independence as possible for individuals living with paralysis is a tenet of our mission. The Quality of Life grants do just that."

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