A $5,000 grant from the Dublin Foundation will help a nonprofit group that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities through sports and other recreational activities.

A $5,000 grant from the Dublin Foundation will help a nonprofit group that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities through sports and other recreational activities.

The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition, or TAASC, was formed in 1997 and is headquartered on a 30-acre special-use park near Powell. The volunteer-operated group provides year-round activities, including water and snow skiing, ice skating, sailing, fishing and kayaking.

Joan Arnold, who penned the application for the $5,000 grant, said the funds would be used for work at the headquarters, such as improving access to some of the areas with a ramp and deck.

"The $5,000 grant from the Dublin Foundation is going to be used to complete the last phase of The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition Adventure Center," David Holzer, president of the TAASC Board of Trustees, said in a news release. "We are going to construct accessible ramps and a 2,000-square-foot deck to serve as an outdoor classroom."

TAASC has spent the past five years improving the park that offers hiking trails, picnic areas, a kitchen, a meeting room and accessible restrooms. The renovation of two buildings, trails and camp areas has been completed thus far.

The group also has worked to provide beach access for kayaking, boating, sailing and fishing at the park that skirts the Scioto River at 6000 Harriot Road.

Foundation president Gayle Holton said the foundation's board of governors reviews the grant applications submitted three times a year. The application from TAASC fit the foundation's goal, she said.

"We felt that it was a good project to fund and a lot of people would be able to benefit from it, not only their target audience of people with special needs, but it would also be open for other groups to use," Holton said. "It just seemed to fall into our guidelines."

The Dublin Foundation provides grants to efforts that improve, enhance and enrich the lives of residents in Dublin and surrounding communities. Since the creation of the foundation in 1982, more than $350,000 in grants has been issued in the categories of arts and cultural endeavors, civic affairs and community services, education, environment, health, human services and safety, historic preservation and recreation.

For information on TAASC, visit www.taasc.org.