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Theresa Healy

University of Northern British Columbia
Under the goal of enabling accessible consumer experiences, a recent progress report on BC’s Accessibility 2024 Action Plan states the importance of an accessible parks system, and acknowledges needed improvements to park accessibility as part of a broader agenda to advance inclusive nature access. This facilitated, interactive workshop will connect accessibility professionals with staff who are responsible for the planning and management of parks, protected areas, and other nature-based recreation sites. Working in a small, interdisciplinary environment, teams will explore possible visions for an accessible parks system, and will work backward from these shared visions to identify: 1) key challenges to achieving this goal; and 2) the work to collect evidence, develop policy, and establish partnerships that needs to start today to overcome these challenges. Outputs from the workshop will contribute to interdisciplinary discussions around the topics above, and will also provide guidance to the Advancing Accessible and Inclusive Nature project, which over the next year will review and report on best practices on the integration of universal design into planning and management of parks, protected areas, and other nature-based recreation sites.