Kamloops Wildlife Park gets provincial funding to improve accessibility | infonews

Paving of trails, accessible washrooms and improved signage are expected to be completed by November with the new funding.

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26 February 2021 – 13:12

The BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops receives financial assistance from the provincial government to improve accessibility to the park.

The wildlife park said in a press release that it plans to use the $149,000 grant to facilitate mobility and improve signage in the park, according to a recent press release.

“In 2019, (the park) welcomed nearly 120,000 visitors from around the world… We noticed areas for improvement and listened to our visitors. We strive to be 100% accessible for all of our visitors who have accessibility needs,” said Glenn Grant, General Manager and Executive Director.

Improvements are expected to be complete by November 2021 and include paving of crushed gravel pathways for wheelchair, stroller and walker accessibility. Five electric wheelchairs will also be made available to visitors. They also plan to improve the toilets to make them not only more accessible, but also more “environmentally efficient”. Additions like waterless urinals, raised toilets and rolling sinks will be installed.

Finally, the park plans to upgrade its signage to be placed at an “accessible height” and use a large font for easy reading. They will also add ten permanent cards to eliminate paper cards.

The signage changes will also include “the integration of local Kamloops heritage and culture.”

“All animal exhibit signage and park maps will include the traditional translations of Secwepemc wildlife names. Each enclosure will include signage with each animal’s unique story of how it became an ambassador of its species at the (wildlife park),” the press release read.

The park is one of 54 tourism players to receive funding from the province as part of the economic recovery plan.

The BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops is the only non-profit wildlife sanctuary in the Thompson Okanagan region and the only “full-service wildlife rehabilitation center” in the Southern Interior.

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