New Paths Make Patterson Park More Accessible

Wednesday June 11th, 2014

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Asphalt paths designed to improve accessibility are now ready for use at a West Windsor park.

Patterson Park’s new paths were added last week as part of $300,000 in improvements to make the park usable to individuals with mobility challenges.

Work at the Sandwich and Detroit Street park included three-metre wide paths and curb cuts allowing easier access to the park. Several picnic areas with tables accessible to wheelchairs will also be added to the park.

When planning the paths last summer, officials at a meeting of the City’s Accessibility Committee noted the nearby proximity of Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario’s location — a group that an application to council says supports more than 600 individuals with physical disabilities.

Assisted Living’s Executive Director Lynn Calder says she’s excited to see the progress taking place at the park. “We are looking forward to word that the full work has been completed and that citizens using wheelchairs and other mobility challenges will be able to enjoy the park and dine in the accessible picnic areas.”

“We have about 55 people with disabilities who attend our Day Program here at 3141 Sandwich Street. They are really looking forward to making full use of the area,” she said.

Calder says Assisted Living is planning a bar-be-cue for the park that will celebrate accessibility in Windsor.

Paths recently added to Willistead Park in Walkerville came under scrutiny last month from a group of residents who led a protest to halt construction.

Willistead’s pathways were approved by Windsor City Council on March 17th, despite the protests of several area residents. The city said that the new Willistead pathway widths were necessary to meet accessibility standards within the park.

Funding for Patterson Park’s paths was provided by Councillor Ron Jones’ $1 million ward funds with $40,000 contributed by the City of Windsor’s Accessibility Committee.

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