Peterson Creek Park

Kamloops, British Columbia

Project Description

The Peterson Creek Park’s Grassland Loop Trail project will be the City of Kamloops’s first attempt to open up the currently limited-accessibility Nature Parks to a wider group of people of varying abilities. The Barrier Buster team will lead a conversion and re-configuration of the existing single track, dirt and gravel path in a grassland area to an accessible trail. After completion, the trail will be centrally located, easy-to-access by car or public transit, and accessible for all park visitors with physical and intellectual disabilities, and the families of children that have severe mobility challenges.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    The city of Kamloops strives to provide recreational activities to all of its residents. Kamloops citizens use the landscape in our city’s backyard to bike, hike, stroll and explore. Currently, in our Nature Parks, those activities are reserved for those without mobility challenges. This project is our first attempt at opening up our parks to a wider group of people with various degrees of ability and mobility.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    Being able to get into the Kamloops backcountry is a way to participate in local recreational pursuits. This projects is a first step in helping to make our parks more accessible, breaking down barriers to recreation and social inclusion.

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    The ability to create opportunities. Public parks are for everyone to enjoy and this grant is such an amazing way to help people get out there and experience what Kamloops has to offer!

Awareness Event

Friday

June 16, 2017

Grasslands Loop Accessible Trail Opening

Location: Peterson Creek Park, 76 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops, BC

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Description: From June 12-16, 2017, the City of Kamloops will be hosting an Access4All Week to celebrate accessibility and the new Grasslands Loop Accessible trail opening. Community partners will host various events and programs during the week to build up to the June 16 trail opening. The event will have guest speakers, First Nations blessing, food, music, inaugural lap and adaptive equipment on site to try.

For more information, please contact:
Kelly MacDonald  at kmacdonald@kamloops.ca