Olmstead Beach (North Bay, ON)
We worked with the city of North Bay to transform Olmstead Beach into a space that could provide access and play opportunities for children and adults of all abilities.
The revamped park area includes: accessible paved pathways, connecting the boat launch, playground, beach, gazebo, washrooms and new accessible parking, are now complete. Park benches will also be installed beside the playground and beach and new trees are being planted throughout the park. Additionally, the City’s second beach accessible mat has been installed at Olmsted Beach, providing those using wheelchairs or who have other mobility issues greater access to Trout Lake.
“This new, safe and accessible playground equipment will provide improved access and play opportunities for children of all abilities, while the new paved pathways and accessible parking will help to make this popular outdoor space a place everyone is able to enjoy,” said Coun. Johanne Brousseau, Chair of Council Community Services Committee.
The upgrades at Olmsted Beach are part of an ongoing effort to make City facilities, programs and services accessible to all citizens.
"If you’re in a wheelchair, you can at least watch your children play in the water, you can watch your children sit at the picnic table with you and not have to be off in some other corner watching from afar ... You’re an active participant in your community and in your family circle.” - Barbara Smith, municipal accessible advisory committee member
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