City of Duncan considers makeover of Station Street Park to make it more accessible for disabled people. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan’s Station Street Park may get a makeover

City of Duncan looks to make park more accessible

Duncan’s Station Street Park may be getting a makeover.

City council recently voted to direct staff to include the costs of improving overall accessibility, seating and pathways in the little park, one of the city’s newest, for consideration in the budget for 2020.

The decision was made after the park’s accessibility issues were raised at a meeting of Duncan’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues in June.

In a staff report, corporate services coordinator Allison Boyd said that the issue had been brought to the committee’s attention by a wheelchair-bound resident who is finding it difficult to maneuver a wheelchair on the park’s gravel walkway.

RELATED STORY: CONCERNS RAISED AROUND PROPER USE OF SCOOTERS IN COWICHAN

“The ACDI would like the city to consider including accessibility when building all new parks and public buildings,” Boyd said.

“Accessibility in city parks could include swings for children with disabilities, picnic tables with hard compact gravel or paved pathways for wheelchair accessibility, and letdowns from pathways and sidewalks.”

The city purchased Station Street Park in 2013, and it was refurbished in 2016 with the addition of picnic tables, lighting, a gravel pathway between Station Street and Kenneth Street’s No. 1 parking lot, trees and artificial grass.

It’s used frequently by visitors viewing its totem poles, and others enjoying their lunch or just having a rest before continuing their trek around town.

Boyd said council also directed staff to use the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design when considering the park’s upgrades.

RELATED STORY: CITY OF DUNCAN ASSURES UPSET USERS THAT PLANS FOR McADAM, ROTARY PARKS NOT SET IN STONE

CPTED is the science around the design and effective use of physical space to lead to a reduction in both the incidence and fear of crime.

Aspects such as fencing, cameras, lighting, and vegetation strategically placed in the park to reduce crime could be considered by planners in the park’s makeover.

“Although no other specific park projects are being considered at this time, all future projects will consider accessibility issues as well as CPTED, safety, environmental impacts and other factors. If an accessibility concern is brought to the ACDI’s attention, then they can consider the issue and make a recommendation to council.”



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

New ‘Patio Portal’ planned for Cowichan Bay

Project will improve public access to the Cowichan Bay waterfront

What you said: Pay for use water a controversial topic

Public works crews have been busy for the last four years installing water meters

Pair of 11-year-old Cowichan highland dancers heading to Virginia for competition

Amelia Marsh and Maya Sundstrom are excited about the possibilities

Chris Wilkinson column: Where are you on the Happiness U-Curve?

With age and maturity, the focus turns away from social competition and toward social connection.

Music trivia tournament in Duncan a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

VIDEO: ‘Thrones,’ ‘Fleabag’ top Emmys

Billy Porter makes history as first openly gay black man to win best drama-series acting Emmy

Hybrid vessels part of B.C. Ferries’ plans to reduce emissions

Island Class vessels, coming by 2022, part of ferry corporation’s broader strategy

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Give severely addicted drug users injectable medical-grade heroin, guideline says

CMAJ article outlines best practices for innovative treatment that’s been lacking in overdose crisis

B.C. court hears disclosure arguments in Meng Wanzhou case

Huawei exec argues she was unlawfully detained at YVR last December at direction of U.S. authorities

Trudeau attacks Scheer, Harper, Ford in first federal salvo for Ontario

Liberal leader targets three big conservative rivals in second full week of campaign

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Most Read