Penticton cares about community – and accessibility is a big part of what we do.There are several features and elements in public spaces that embrace the abilities of our entire community. Experience these today:
The Penticton Community Centre welcomes people of all
ability levels to participate in our facility. We strive to ensure everyone has
access to recreation opportunities regardless of physical ability, race,
gender, religion or income. Centre staff also understands that disabilities can
include a wide range beyond mobility and agility related challenges – to sensory
impairment and intellectual disabilities. Providing meaningful opportunities
for inclusion is important. Learn more.
The pool expansion in 2010 included many accessible features such as large change rooms, zero-entry ramps and expanded floor space in the fitness room.
Access Pass status is also available to persons with permanent cognitive or physical disability. Pass holders are entitled to discounts for 10-ticket or monthly (1, 3, 6 and 12) fitness room, pool or combo passes. To apply, call 250-490-2426 or download the form [PDF - 245 KB].
Picnics in the park has never been so accessible. Special picnic tables have been installed in many parks throughout the community, including Skaha Lake Park and Okanagan Lake, that enable individuals in wheelchairs to roll up closer to the table.
Outdoor fitness equipment at the Skaha Lake Fitness Park also helps those looking for an affordable and accessible workout.
Ramps have been installed at Skaha Lake Park and Okanagan Lake to help those using mobility aids to reach the beach from each walkway. Coming in 2014: the City of Penticton is currently working on providing beach access mats on Okanagan Lake from the accessible walkway to the water's edge.
City Hall and government
Older buildings can be an obstacle for those with mobility challenges, but several investments have been made to make City Hall easier to access. A new ramp has been built to decrease the slope required to access the front entrance. Within Council Chambers, an additional ramp to a lower presentation table and microphone has been built, allowing anyone using a chair or other mobility aid to address their local government officials with dignity.
Streets and getting around
Pedestrians have many needs. At crosswalks in Downtown Penticton, you can hear a slight audible signal for those with visual impairments to let them know it is safe to cross. Newer intersections (at Martin Street and Westminster Ave) feature a special plastic surface that helps those with white canes identify the edge of the road through sound.
The City also works with BC Transit to offer accessible options for people to get around town. Learn about public transit in Penticton.
Think we can do better? There is always room for improvement and the City works hard to respond to resident needs. Contact us with feedback, suggestions and comments.