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New walkway improves accessibility to Gabriola museum

Lisa Griffith, president of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society, sits next to a new accessible walkway under construction at the facility. - NICHOLAS PESCOD/The News Bulletin
Lisa Griffith, president of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society, sits next to a new accessible walkway under construction at the facility.
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A branD-NEW walkway is taking shape in front of one local museum.

Construction work is almost complete on a nearly 20-metre brick pathway that, when completed, will make the Gabriola Museum more accessible.

Lisa Griffith, president of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society, said there were a number of reasons for constructing a pathway, but cited senior accessibility as the biggest reason.

“There are not very many places that you can go if you are in a wheelchair or if you have a walker,” Griffith said. “We don’t have very many sidewalks. That was one motivation to get that in, so that we could take people in here who are mobility-restricted.”

The walkway project began shortly after Thanksgiving last year, which is when the museum closes its doors for the winter. The roughly 20-metre walkway is made out of brick and snakes through the front of the museum, taking users past a variety of different plants, trees and historical displays.

“I think it looks more inviting,” Griffith said.

The total cost of the project is around $10,000, according to Griffith, who said there were plenty of people who donated their time and money.

“We’ve done a lot of it with volunteer work,” she said.

The walkway is expected to be completed later this month.

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