Contributed photo                                A visit to VanDusen Garden in Vancouver inspired a letter writer to rekindle an idea.

Contributed photo A visit to VanDusen Garden in Vancouver inspired a letter writer to rekindle an idea.

LETTERS: Roll out welcome mat

Editor: Need a suggestion to improve White Rock?

Editor:

Need a suggestion to improve White Rock?

In the late 1990s, I wrote to the city council and suggested that a rubber mat be installed on the pier so that people in wheelchairs, and babies/children in strollers could enjoy the pier better without bumping along the planks.

A few days ago, I was at VanDusen Botanical Gardens and here’s what they’ve done to make their wooden bridge more pleasant (see photo above): it’s a rubberized carpet so it’s easier and more pleasant for people in wheelchairs or strollers.

If they can do this, why can’t White Rock? This would be nicer for everyone!

Since the bridge in this picture is shorter than the pier by far, it’s obvious the one for the pier should be even wider to permit traffic in both directions – yellow arrows marking the direction would enable this to work.

Just a thought of how to improve access for everyone, including persons with mobility aids.

There are many citizens here in White Rock that use walkers that currently can’t use the pier because it is too bumpy a trip for them to navigate under the current condition of the pier.

Lynda Moller, White Rock