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New accessible washrooms open at Neck Point Park

Facilities feature washrooms and outdoor changing spaces with showers
City staff, council members and the public turn out for the official opening of new washroom and change facilities at Neck Point Park on Thursday, Feb. 9. (City of Nanaimo photo)

Visitors to Nanaimo’s Neck Point Park can now avail themselves of new accessible washrooms and changing facilities.

The building is located in the parking lot of the park and, according to a City of Nanaimo press release, features two fully accessible universal washrooms and two outdoor changing spaces with showers.

The non-gendered space is designed to suit people with disabilities, including wheelchair users, visually impaired individuals, and those who are unsteady on their feet. The washroom is in a handy location for those needing to make an accessible stop when driving in the Hammond Bay area, noted the city, and it also features a green roof to help it fit in well with the natural setting, the release noted.

“The purpose of this washroom is to make sure that everyone has access to facilities that they need, without having to worry about not being able to use the bathroom because of their physical ability, gender or any other factors,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog in the press release. “I am very pleased that our park users have access to this excellent facility at Neck Point Park, one of our premier natural destination parks.”

The city is planning to further improve accessibility within the park by adding a beach access mat.

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