Accessibility a growing problem in Trail

When the city of Trail removed last year the handicapped space in front of the arena they said they would be fixing this in the spring.  Their fix was the parking spot at the bottom of the hill. This was their solution.  I guess they believed this made everything better.

Well, they sure did that! They should try wheeling someone up from the bottom of the ramp. They would find out it is not so easy, especially if you are on the hefty side. Perhaps they are planning on buying electric wheelchairs for everyone who wants to go into the memorial centre since Trail has so much money.

I can remember when the city modified streets to make Trail more accessible for people with disabilities. Now Trail seems to be turning their backs on those who are dealing with handicaps and who don’t have a large budget for buying books. The library was always there for all to use. If they can access it, I don’t understand the logic when our population is aging to make a public building like the Trail Memorial Centre harder to use for people dealing with physical limitations. Unless this is part of their rebranding of Trail.

After all, judging by the actions of the current council, Trail is rolling in money to spend on what they want.  Look at the proposed walking bridge.

About this bridge – If anyone walks over it they are apt to break their neck on Riverside sidewalk as it is a disgrace. They continue to rip up our street corners to put in more flower beds. Seems this is all they can think about is their grand schemes while basic maintenance on roads and sidewalks is ignored. Their focus is on this expensive footbridge. We could put in a skateboard park with a portion of the money the council is planning on spending without taxpayers approval on this bridge.

The kids waiting for a skateboard park will be all grown up with kids of their own and Trail still won’t have a skateboard park.

And anyone in a wheelchair will be looking at the Trail Memorial Centre remembering when it was accessible by all.

Gladys Sedgewick


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