Northern BC’s parks are more accessible than ever.
The BC government and Spinal Cord Injury BC aimed to audit about 150 Parks across the north this summer. After reprioritizing their routes, the 14 workers assessed over 400 parks spanning from 100 Mile House to the Yukon, and Haida Gwaii east to the Alberta border.
Project Manager Pat Harris says workers looked for things like accessible pit toilets, pathways, and picnic tables.
In general, he found parks along major driving routes were more accessible than forestry campsites, however, Tabor Mountain – Dougherty Creek was a glowing exception.
“There’s an accessible pit toilet, the trails are all fairly level, good gradient. The surface is well-packed and easy to walk on and roll on,” Harris says, “that’s an example of a great designed park.”
From here, he adds the next steps are making need park improvements for not only people in wheelchairs, but also kids, seniors, and parents with strollers. Another future step is universal design training so all new parks are made with accessibility in mind.