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
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.
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