Wheelchair users will now be able to access the water at Harrison Lake, thanks to the village’s new Mobi-Mat. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Wheelchairs users now have easier access to Harrison Lake

The village installed a Mobi-Mat on the beach earlier this month

Wheelchair users will now be able to get down to the water at Harrison Lake and enjoy some splashing summer fun.

A “Mobi-Mat” was installed on the beach to the east of Harrison’s plaza to improve beach accessibility for

The mat provides firm traction for wheelchairs and others mobility aids, so people can get down to the water safely. Currently, the mat does not extend all the way to the water, although that will change if water levels rise.

The Mobi Mat was installed as part of a number of safety and accessibility improvements to the waterfront. In April, Harrison council approved $125,000 in projects, including safety signage, life rings, an information kiosk and a swim grid. Money for the projects came from existing Resort Municipality Infrastructure funds.

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In addition to the Mobi-Mat, which was installed earlier this July, the waterfront is now home to new water safety signage, seven public access life rings, and swim grids for outside the lagoon.

The village has also partnered with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue to provide loans of children’s life jackets. These are available at the boat launch office.



grace.kennedy@ahobserver.com

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