Kits Beach just got more accessible.

As part of the second phase of its commitment to making local beaches more inclusive, this week the Vancouver Park Board installed a Mobi-Mat non-slip beach access path at Kits Beach. The park board installed the first Mobi-Mat at English Bay Beach last summer.

“If you’re in a wheelchair, going to the beach can be an ordeal as you need the help of a strong friend or a lifeguard. Beach mats give those with mobility challenges the freedom to visit the beach on their own if they want,” said Chair Stuart Mackinnon.

In addition to the Mobi-Mats, the park board has 10 new water wheelchairs available at various beaches and pools across the city. The water wheelchairs will be available starting June 1 at Kits, Second Beach and New Brighton outdoor pools, as well as a number of beaches — English Bay, Kits, Jericho, Second Beach, Spanish Banks and Trout Lake.

The chairs do require an attendant and are available on a first-come-first-served basis at no charge until Labour Day long weekend. The chairs are available at the lifeguard station at each location between 11:30am and 8pm. Learn more online.

Last modified: May 30, 2018

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