Creating an Inclusive Waterfront with provincial grant

November 25, 2022
Mayor Hamlin, MPP Brian Saunderson, Councillor Kathy Jeffery

With the support of the Provincial Government the Town of Collingwood will be installing a new accessible mat system at Sunset Point Park beach with the aim of building a more inclusive waterfront for residents and visitors.

The accessible mat system will be located at the east beach and will include a number of viewing/resting areas positioned along the path.

Accessible mat systems are portable, non-slip pathways that can be placed over uneven surfaces enabling people in wheelchairs or other mobility devices and strollers to access the water. The system will be installed in 2023 and will interconnect with the paved portion of waterfront trail system.

In addition, the Town will also be purchasing a floating wheelchair available to wheelchair users and people with different abilities. The beach wheelchair design provides mobility through sand and over rough surfaces.

Creating an inclusive waterfront project takes a universal design approach, transforming an area of Sunset Point Park so that it may be enjoyed by all.

The need for a more accessible waterfront has been identified by Collingwood residents. In response, staff worked with the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and community partners to develop the inclusive waterfront project adopting a universal design approach, transforming an area of Sunset Point Park so that it may be enjoyed by all.

Funding for this project is a result of the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility Inclusive Community Grants program which focuses on creating more accessible environments for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The Town was awarded $30,600 to support the purchasing of the accessible mat system and wheelchair.

“Congratulations to the Town of Collingwood on receiving this Inclusive Community Grant to make the waterfront at Sunset Point accessible. This is a wonderful initiative that makes Collingwood a leader as an inclusive and accessible community,” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson.

“I am thrilled to accept this Inclusive Community Grant, furthering the Town’s goal to build a more inclusive waterfront and community. I can’t wait until next summer to see residents and visitors using the accessible mat system and out new floating wheelchair at Sunset Point Park.” said Mayor Yvonne Hamlin.

It is anticipated that the accessible pathway and floating wheelchair will be available June 2023. As a portable system, mats will be removed at the end of the summer season.

Pictured Left to right:
Mayor Yvonne Hamlin, Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson, Councillor Kathy Jeffery