Exploring Barriers and Accessibility for Mobility-Related Disabilities in BC Parks

The above was presented at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit.

Ce qui précède a été présenté au Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021.

The following is preliminary content for a session at the March 9-12, 2021 Virtual Research Summit, submitted by Craig Paulson with BC Parks and Lorraine Copas with the Social Planning and Research Council of BC.

Ce qui suit est le contenu préliminaire d’une session du Sommet de Recherche Virtuel du 9 au 12 mars 2021, soumis par Craig Paulson avec BC Parks et Lorraine Copas avec le Social Planning and Research Council of BC.

ABSTRACT

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In 2017, BC Parks partnered with the Social Planning and Research Council of BC to disseminate surveys to people who receive the Disability Parking Permit. The survey asked people with mobility-related disabilities about their experiences in BC Parks so we could learn ways to increase their participation in Parks experiences. The survey results taught us more than we expected. We learned that the majority of respondents not only face personal barriers in accessing recreation opportunities – such as cost, access to mobility devices, transportation and social networks – but that BC Parks and other recreation opportunities are consistently inaccessible to visitors with mobility-related disabilities. Our presentation is focused primarily on sharing research findings from the survey and will include two parts. First, the recorded portion will include a recorded zoom conversation between Craig and Lorraine where they will share how the research project came together what some of the findings were. In the live portion of the presentation, they will share their tips about how park agencies can do community-based research on accessibility and integrate research findings into facility and program planning.

ABSTRACT

En 2017, BC Parks s’est associé au Social Planning and Research Council of BC pour diffuser des enquêtes aux personnes qui reçoivent le permis de stationnement pour handicapés. L’enquête demandait aux personnes ayant un handicap lié à la mobilité de parler de leurs expériences à BC Parks afin que nous puissions apprendre des moyens d’accroître leur participation aux expériences de Parks. Les résultats de l’enquête nous ont appris plus que ce que nous attendions. Nous avons appris que la majorité des répondants se heurtent non seulement à des obstacles personnels pour accéder aux possibilités de loisirs – tels que le coût, l’accès aux appareils de mobilité, le transport et les réseaux sociaux – mais aussi que BC Parks et d’autres possibilités de loisirs sont systématiquement inaccessibles aux visiteurs souffrant de handicaps liés à la mobilité. Notre présentation est principalement axée sur le partage des résultats de l’enquête et comprendra deux parties. Tout d’abord, la partie enregistrée comprendra une conversation enregistrée en zoom entre Craig et Lorraine, où ils partageront comment le projet de recherche a abouti à certaines des conclusions. Dans la partie en direct de la présentation, ils partageront leurs conseils sur la manière dont les agences du parc peuvent effectuer des recherches communautaires sur l’accessibilité et intégrer les résultats de la recherche dans la planification des installations et des programmes.

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Back to pre-summit material.

Retour à la matériel de pré-sommet.

CPCIL Webinar on the BC Parks Licence Plate Program (Recording)

BC Parks and the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation webinar about the BC Parks Licence Plate program, from its inception to implementation.

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Below is a link from the BC Parks marketing team, showcasing the program.

BC Parks Panelists Included:

Wendy Magnes – Manager, Visitor Services

Position Responsibilities: Oversees the marketing and visitor services programs for BC Parks including the BC Parks Licence Plate program, website, social media channels, visitor information requests and the Discover Camping Reservation Service.

Role in the Licence Plate Program:Responsible for managing the marketing and coordination with ICBC (BC’s Crown Corporation that manages insurance).

Sydney Martin – Manager, Visitor Programs

Position Responsibilities: Leads the Park Operator management, recreation policy and permit programs for BC Parks (financial, revenue, contract, attendance and new recreation planning and analysis). Currently chairs the BC Parks Leadership Team (PLT) which sets strategic direction for BC Parks and oversees the business planning cycle.

Role in the Licence Plate Program:Was Manager responsible for the creation of the program, from inception to implementation (2016/2017). Primary role: managing communication between all parties involved, negotiating and drafting MOU with ICBC, and preparing Fee Issue Paper for Treasury Board with the Corporate Services Division. 

Sharilynn Wardrop – Ecologist, Terrestrial

Position Responsibilities: Provide policy, technical, strategic and practical support for implementing the conservation program in BC Parks. Specific projects right now focus on managing trees, heritage/fossils, data management, species inventory, conservation links to community engagement and marketing.

Role in the Licence Plate Program:Played a key role in planning and implementing on-the-ground delivery of the program. Member of the committee that manages the dispersal of funds raised through the licence plate program. Funding is allocated to projects relating to community engagement, indigenous relations, fuel management and conservation.

Ashley Sloat – Recreation Service Specialist

Position Responsibilities: Leads and manages the Park Operator contractual agreement frameworks, negotiations, strategies, amendments, policies and procedures with the purpose of enhancing recreation opportunities, facilities, visitor satisfaction and attendance in BC Parks. 

Role in the Licence Plate Program: Formally, the Senior Marketing Officer. Was the BC Parks team lead for the Licence Plate project, developed the marketing strategy, solicited images and designs, worked closely with legal counsel to develop image use agreements and third party image use agreements between BC Parks and ICBC.   

Kealy Pringle – Senior Marketing Officer

Position Responsibilities:Manages and executes marketing for BC Parks, including BC Parks’ Licence Plate Program. Directs contractors for images and video to showcase LP funded programs, which are showcased online and in print materials, including social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Role in the Licence Plate Program: Manages the on-going marketing and relationship with ICBC. 

This panel shared their experiences, successes, and process to bring this innovative program to British Columbia, and fund programs within provincial parks.