A visit to Cultus Lake's Main Beach means a walk across the grass, through the trees from the parking lot to the water.
No big deal for most people. But if you have a wagon full of beach supplies or a stroller with a young one, crossing the bumpy ground can be a hassle.
For those in a wheelchair accessing the beach, let alone the water, is close to impossible.
Lillian Newhouse and the rest of the Main Beach Event and Fundraising Committee want to change that with a paved path.
For $20 the committee is offering to engrave your name on a brick that will line a pathway from the parking lot to the gazebo and playground and eventually, maybe, right to the water's edge.
"Imagine if you could bring somebody with a disability and they know they can get from the car to the playground, then the playground to the water," Newhouse said. "That's a long-term goal."
If enough money is raised she said they might even be able to purchase wheelchairs that could go in the water and be loaned out.
Since its inception in April, the "Be Part of Your Park" program has sold 156 bricks, raising a little more than $3,000. Newhouse said she hopes they can raise $5,000 by the end of this year. Once they have double that they hope to be able to leverage funds from elsewhere. They are already seeking business sponsors.
While the long-term goal is an ambitious one, Newhouse said that even with a smaller amount the first step could be completed.
"Even if we had $10,000 we could do a small sidewalk from the parking lot to the gazebo, it would instill confidence to continue to do more," she said.
The project is the latest from the committee, whose members are looking at ways to improve Main Beach. The first steps have been the Saturday Market in the Park and the Thursday Music in the Park events, but the pathway is the first physical improvement planned.
"The last time anything was done was Ken Popove raising funds from beach parties to put the Kinsmen playground in and that was 1992," Newhouse said. "That's a long time ago."
Donations can be made at the Park Administration Office, at the Saturday Market in the Park, and at any other function hosted by the Main Beach Event and Fundraising Committee, such as the Music in the Park events.
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