Accessibility money added to Ostler Park upgrade funding

The fund is designed to support community-based projects that improve access for Canadians with disabilities

Three Campbell River projects will receive funding from a federal government grant following successful applications.

Mayor Andy Adams announced at the July 20 council meeting that the City of Campbell River and two community organizations have been awarded money through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

The fund is designed to support community-based projects that improve access for Canadians with disabilities and mobility challenges.

“The City of Campbell River did get $50,000 towards the installation of Ostler Park replacement (playground equipment) that will be part of the 2016 whole Ostler Park re-work, so that’s great news,” Adams said.

The project involves replacement of the rip rap on the park’s foreshore and city staff are also considering other improvements such as relocating the storm drainage system under Ostler Park, upgrading the Seagull Walkway adjacent to the park, re-configuring the north entrance to the park and Quadra ferry terminal, replacing the park irrigation system, resurfacing the park with new sod, and the playground replacement.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund will also provide more than $23,528 to the Campbell River and District Adult Care Society to replace flooring with commercial grade mat finishing throughout the building to make it easier for seniors to move around.

And, finally, the Campbell River Hospice Society was given more than $43,550 for the installation of gravel pathways.

“These are the pathways that will provide the connectivity between the new hospice house that’s being proposed, to Yucalta Lodge,” Adams said. “And maybe on the slope to the new hospital but that’s one step at a time.”

The Enabling Accessibility Fund was created in 2007 and since its inception has funded more than 2,200 improved accessibility projects across Canada.