New features at Parlee Beach to increase accessibility22 July 2021
SHEDIAC (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $400,000 in accessibility upgrades at Parlee Beach Provincial Park. Construction is underway to build several wheelchair-accessible facilities as part of a partnership with Ability New Brunswick to improve beach access and the overall experience for all visitors.
“It’s exciting to see one of New Brunswick’s most popular beaches become more accessible,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace. “These new features will help to ensure that everyone can have a fun and relaxing day at the beach with their friends and family.”
A new comfort station will have wheelchair-accessible washrooms, indoor showers, family changing rooms and sheltered outdoor showers. The station will be located at the most convenient spot along the beach with proximity to the parking lot, sand and water.
A nautical-themed playground is also being built next to the comfort station and will be accessible to all children. It will feature a play boat and a swinging ride in the shape of a raft.
“Ability NB is pleased to partner with Parlee Beach on accessibility improvements to its beach and recreation areas to ensure all New Brunswickers can play in and visit our province’s incredible outdoor spaces,” said Ability New Brunswick Executive Director Haley Flaro. “Parlee Beach continues to be a leader in recognizing the social and economic benefits of accessible recreation and tourism.”
The interior of the new comfort station is in its final stages and the new playground is currently being installed. Additional work will include installing a concrete sidewalk around the building and landscape remediation.
The beach also plans to purchase an accessible mat which will create a flat surface across the sand to provide access to the water for wheelchairs, strollers and those with mobility issues.22-07-21