For Immediate Release | September 12, 2018
City Releases Universal Access Plan
Plan prioritizes actions for universal and barrier-free access in municipally-owned buildings
The City of St. Albert has released its Universal Access Plan, which will help prioritize the actions needed to provide universal and barrier-free access in municipally-owned buildings and public spaces.
Universal access refers to creating environments, programs and services that respond to the needs of the widest population range possible, enabling persons of varying abilities and ages to access the physical environment on an equitable basis.
The Plan details recommended actions for the City to implement and prioritizes them through a phased improvement program approach. The areas of focus are:
- Exterior Pedestrian Routes (sidewalks, crossings and trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, rest areas, signage and benches)
- City facilities such as St. Albert Place and recreational centres, as well as associated parking facilities
- Transportation – transit service and transit infrastructure such as transit shelters, bus stops and other transportation facilities
- Policy and Process Improvements
The Universal Access Plan also recommends adopting the City of Burlington Accessibility Design Standards together with the 2017 Alberta Barrier-Free Design Guide Requirements, as the City’s benchmark for accessibility. The use of existing standards is a fiscally-responsible approach and provides the City with immediate resources to implement change.
The City will begin the process of implementation starting with a universal accessibility facility audit of St. Albert Place, Fountain Park Pool, Servus Place, and associated parking lots. The audit is taking place within existing approved budgets.
Other implementation initiatives identified in the Universal Access Plan will be dependent upon future approved budget requests.
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