Monday, March 10, 2014

Cultus Lake News

Unfettered Access

Board moves to make park more disabled-friendly

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n March 5, 2014 the Cultus Lake Park Board adopted staff recommendations to increase the accessibility of the Park to those with disabilities.

 

The recommendations came as a result of deliberations held by the 2013 Universal Accessibility Task Force, chaired by Commissioner Carlton Toews.

 

The accessibility plan includes improved signage and upgraded parking stalls for those with disabilities, an accessibility pathway from the Main Beach parking lot to the beach area, and the formation of a Committee for Universal Accessibility. Further enhancements include a cement landing area to provide universal entry into the lake, and suitable public bathrooms and change areas will be brought forward in the next annual budget process.


Recent renovations to the Cultus Lake Community Hall reflect this commitment, with enhanced access to the building and washroom alterations to provide greater accessibility and comfort for those using the Hall during special events, meetings, workshops, classes and family gatherings. The Board also recently approved staff making application for the “Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant” to initiate the development of universally accessible trails in the Park.


Cultus Lake Park Chairman Sacha Peter remarked, “In recognition of the needs of all visitors to the Park, and in light of our increasingly aging population, the Board has made considerable effort to assist those with physical disabilities. This is the first time in Cultus Lake Park history that such a comprehensive examination of universal accessibility has occurred.” Peter continued, “Our work to ensure that Cultus Lake Park remains open to all people, including those with disabilities, will continue. I look forward to the Accessibility Committee’s future work to ensure that all people are able to fully enjoy the beauty and services available at Cultus Lake Park.”


The terms of reference for the Committee for Universal Accessibility will be established in April.

 

For more information, visit www.cultuslake.bc.ca

 

 

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