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BC Parks Celebrates National AccessAbility Week with Upgrades

In celebration of National AccessAbility Week, BC Parks unveiled a series of accessibility upgrades, reinforcing its commitment to inclusivity and safety in provincial parks. These enhancements highlight BC Parks’ dedication to creating environments where outdoor activities are accessible regardless of mobility challenges.

“Accessibility improvements are an important part of our Commitment to Inclusion and help make provincial parks safer, welcoming, and enjoyable for all park visitors,” BC Parks’ Facebook post indicates.

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Last year, BC Parks introduced a Mobi-Mat and floating chair at Christina Lake Park. This initiative enabled visitors with mobility challenges to enjoy the beach and water alongside other guests. Building on this momentum, this year’s upgrades span multiple parks, each benefiting from enhancements designed to improve accessibility.

In an article published by BC Parks on May 23, 2023, Carey Wiseman, one of the first to try out the Mobi-Mat, shared her positive experience. Wiseman, who had recently become an amputee, said, “[I]t was an excellent experience. It was nice to be down by the lake and feel like a part of things.”

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At Jimsmith Lake Park, located in the Kootenay-Okanagan region, the addition features a Mobi-Mat option and a reconfigured beach. The park now offers a new playground. Additionally, Rosebery Park Campground saw improvements, including new washroom facilities and upgraded amenities such as picnic tables and parking lots.

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On Vancouver Island, Little Qualicum Falls Park and Miracle Beach have benefited from new accessible washrooms and shower buildings. Meziadin Lake Park and Kinaskan Lake Park have also added new accessible outhouses.

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According to a press release, BC Parks’ efforts to improve accessibility are not only about infrastructure but also about fostering a sense of community. BC Parks emphasized the importance of meaningful consultation with community organizations in achieving their accessibility goals, encouraging members of these organizations to contribute to their vision.

BC Parks’ approach to accessibility upgrades highlights the importance of making their facilities inclusive for all guests. Similar enhancements can also apply to developers, private campground operators, and RV park owners. Investing in accessibility broadens the customer base, improves guest satisfaction and repeat visits, and fosters a welcoming community for outdoor enthusiasts.

Featured image by BC Parks via engage.gov.bc.ca

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