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Disabled ramps at city beaches?

Submitted photo. Deputy Mayor Sheldon Forgette says he'd like to see disabled ramps at a pair of city beaches by next summer. The ramps would extend to the water edge says Forgette.

Submitted photo.

Deputy Mayor Sheldon Forgette says he'd like to see disabled ramps at a pair of city beaches by next summer.

The ramps would extend to the water edge says Forgette.

"The motion I have with the clerk is to have a report come back to council to tell us if it is feasible to do it and what it would cost and look like," he told BayToday.

"The province has a goal to be fully accessible by 2025 so I think this would fall in line with that goal and I think it would be great to make our city accessible that way."

Forgette expects each ramp to cost around $25,000.

"I want to start with one, but it would be nice to have one at both beaches. (Golden Mile on Nipissing and Armstrong on Trout Lake)

Forgette's motion doesn't have a seconder, but he doesn't expect that will be a problem.

His motion reads. "Whereas the City of North Bay believes in being an accessible community and; Whereas City Council believes that a citizen with a wheel chair should be able to access the sandy beach and water at our beautiful waterfront.

"City Council would like a report from staff, detailing the cost and deployment of a beach platform that will allow for anyone with a disability to experience North Bay's beautiful beach waterfront."

City Council would require this report with a recommendation no later than April 2016, says Forgette.

"I'd like to see this installed by the summer of 2016."

Virginia Beach offers the use of two all-terrain wheelchairs at the oceanfront free of charge.

See a disabled ramp in use on this YouTube video.

 

 


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