(Featured in photo: Paul Gallinger, Friends of the Gateway Trails; Mathieu Stever, Manager Para NB Sport & Recreation; Robin Hanson, Oromocto River Watershed Association; Shane Dunnett, wheelchair athlete; Mayor Bob Powell, Town of Oromocto; Bill Jarratt, Director of Recreation and Tourism)
The Town of Oromocto, in partnership with the Oromocto River Watershed Association and Ability New Brunswick, completed an upgrade to the Gateway Wetland Trail to enhance accessibility.
This work included reducing the slope elevation of a section of the trail, and the placement of a crusher dust gravel surface creating more of a barrier-free access from the main parking lot on Gateway Drive, to the straight boardwalk, and from the boardwalk through to the covered bridge. This project has resulted in 250 meters, and 16% of the entire trail, now meeting the National Building Code of Canada accessibility standards for outdoor pathways. Visitors to the trail with mobility concerns are safely able to access the trail and enjoy the natural beauty of the wetlands. The Town will continue to focus its efforts on assessing all aspects of the 1.6 kms of trails with a view to ensuring the Town continues to meet the accessibility standards.
The work was completed by Oromocto staff, with guidance from Ability New Brunswick and funding support from the Oromocto River Watershed Association. The Provincial Department of Environment and Local Government authorized the work through a watercourse and wetland alteration permit.
“Moving forward the Town will continue to work with the Watershed Association, Ability New Brunswick and the newly formed Friends of the Gateway Wetland to identify other priority sections of the Gateway Wetland Trail to upgrade,” said Mayor Robert Powell.
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