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Barrier free camping legacy lives on


Most of us might take a hike along a trail or even a swim in a lake with family and friends for granted, but thanks to the dream of Dale Petkovsek, those with disabilities can experience the great outdoors.

Willard, Wis. (WEAU) - A week after a small town resort owner passes away -- there are plans to keep his legacy alive, and keep his unique campground running.

Dale Petkovsek founded Sunset Pines Resort in 1999 in Clark County with a piece of land and a dream to offer camping to people who might normally encounter barriers.

Now friends and family in Willard say that legacy will live on.
“That was Dale’s biggest dream it had to be handicap accessible and it is also available to any other individuals who might want to camp here,” Wally Ormond, board member of Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors said.

Most of us might take a hike along a trail or even a swim in a lake with family and friends for granted, but thanks to the dream of Petkovsek, those with disabilities can experience the great outdoors.

“He touched so many people through the disabled hunt that he organized. He gave so many people the opportunity to get back into the outdoors and hunt after they may have gotten in an accident and were wheelchair bound,” Ormond said.

A roadside accident left Petkovsek quadriplegic shortly after he graduated high school. A few years later he went into business opening a bar and later the resort.

He made accessibility his first priority when the resort opened.

“He probably received a million thank yous for what he did and what he was doing for other disabled people and dale didn't even want to hear thank you it was always doing it for someone else,” Ormond said.

In addition to the resort, Petkovsek also founded Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors, which helps coordinate a special deer hunt for hunters with disabilities.

Another legacy that Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors says will live on even though dale is gone.

“We're going to keep it in dale's memory. We have to,” Ormond said.

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