Organizers of the Lakes District Fall Fair are planning to make some improvements on the fairgrounds this year.
The renovation project includes building a second set of public washrooms before the 2017 fall fair.
“In the past several years we have had lineups to our only set of washrooms, which unfortunately are at one end of the fairgrounds,” explained Joan McFee, fall fair director. “It is a long walk for seniors and new moms with toddlers to get to, especially in an emergency.”
“We have provided porta-potties the past few years which are not sanitary and have no hand-washing facility,” she added.
The current washrooms are located down a set of stairs, making it difficult for people with physical disabilities to access them.
With the growth of the Lakes District Fall Fair over the past several years to over 2000 people a year, McFee says organizers feel they must keep up with the growth and provide services so that families – and especially seniors – have the opportunity to attend the event.
“We would not want anyone to not be able to attend so as to avoid an embarrassment because the washrooms are too far away from an event they would like to watch,” she said.
The second set of washrooms would be more centrally located and wheelchair accessible.
The $112,785 renovation project also includes electrical work for the washrooms, painting of the bleachers, announcers booth and concession, and a new riding lawn mower.
The Lakes District Fall Fair Association recently received funding of $37,785 from the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society and $7500 from the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s Electoral Areas B and E grant in aid funds.
The association has also requested funding from other organizations such as the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
If the washrooms are built, McFee says they will also be available for other events at the Eagle Creek Recreation grounds.