The Enabling Accessibility Grant has provided new facilities at Battleship Lake. The contractors have now finished their work on the installation of ramps on the trail up to Battleship Lake and on the upgrading of facilities at the Lake. All that remains will be the installation of a 4-section prefabricated dock, to be flown in and assembled after the Spring thaw in 2016. Judy Norbury, SWI Chairperson, visited the Lake by TrailRider in October and November to inspect the new facilities and returned with an highly enthusiastic report for the Board.
At Battleship Lake itself the Day-use Area now includes a boardwalk, viewing platforms and picnic tables all accessible via the TrailRider, along with a new disabled-access pit-toilet. The improvements will be appreciated by all visitors to the area, but the principal objective has been to create a destination for TrailRider visitors where they could see a backcountry lake, have a picnic and even enjoy the surrounding views and water from a small dock.
The boardwalk stepped sections of the trail up to the Lake (by way of the Paradise Loop extension to the Centennial Loop) have been retro-fitted with metal ramps to accommodate the central wheel of the TrailRider. While the central placement of these ramps in the steps has been the cause of some safety concerns, their intent is to aid the “sherpas” operating the TrailRider to negotiate the steps. An off-centre placement would result in an unbalanced hold for the “Sherpas” and cause discomfort for the passenger. With proper signage, visibility markers and due care on the part of everyone using the boardwalks, BC Parks hopes that the ramps will not pose serious problems.
The project was funded by a Federal Enabling Accessibility Grant awarded to SWI and matched by funds from BC Parks.