Atlin Recreation Centre is a multipurpose facility that serves the community of approximately 400 to 500 people in Northwestern British Columbia. Being the only large building in town, the Centre provides a meeting place for community groups such as the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, a venue for big community events, and a muster point in the event of a natural disaster. However access to the bathrooms remained a challenge for people with limited mobility.
To better accommodate wheelchair users that visit the facility, the Barrier Buster grant will go towards renovating the entrance, and moving, expanding, and upgrading the bathrooms. These improvements will allow all community members and visitors with physical disabilities to have full use of the facility.
Atlin is inclusive by nature, so it is always a priority for everyone to be included. As the community demographics age, there is an increasing need for accessibility features that have never been present in Atlin. Also, a popular young local man – Darryl Tait – was injured in an accident and now uses a wheelchair, so accessibility became a community priority.
Several community buildings have already began incorporating accessibility features into their design. When the concept of accessibility took off in the last year, we decided that we wanted our Recreation Centre to be accessible for the entire community.
Meeting Rick Hansen, seeing Darryl Tait and his family get involved in our Rec Centre, and busting barriers with them!