Making Communities Accessible For All

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In central British Columbia, the Tatlayoko Lake community park is setting a new standard for accessibility for people with disabilities. Thanks to the creation of a new accessible trail, everyone can now experience the outdoors, whether they're walking, using a wheelchair, on a scooter, or riding a bike.

"Everyone should have the ability to enjoy the outdoors and the view, especially those in wheelchairs or others with accessibility needs," said Alex Bracewell, the driving force behind the Tatlayoko Lake trail. "Let's give all people the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful things the Cariboo and B.C. have to offer - that's what this trail is about."

The two-kilometre trail was made from recycled rubber conveyor belts, donated by a local mining company. The steel reinforced belting is over five feet wide, which allows adequate space for two side-by-side wheelchairs. Thanks to the new smooth path, people of all abilities can enjoy the trail.

This trail is only one example of the innovative accessibility and inclusion projects undertaken by communities across B.C. thanks to support from Measuring Up. Measuring Up supports communities to assess and improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities and others with accessibility needs, including seniors, parents pushing baby strollers, tourists carrying luggage, and people with temporary injuries.

From increasing accessible employment opportunities and offering inclusive community services, to installing automatic doors and ramps, Measuring Up is helping B.C. communities engage people with disabilities in community planning and programming like never before. By improving accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, these communities are ensuring all residents and visitors can enjoy everything they have to offer.

Measuring Up helped communities assess and improve how accessible and inclusive they are for people with disabilities, seniors and others with similar needs. The program included a funding component, established by the Province of British Columbia, which offered grants to communities to complete accessibility-related projects.