[Star Phoenix] The public plaza of River Landing’s centrepiece will have outdoor access to able-bodied persons only.
Georgie Davis, who gets around in a wheelchair, said she was startled to learn she will have to ride one of two elevators inside the planned Urban Village to get to the raised plaza in the centre.
Four sets of outdoor steps are designed leading from the street to the plaza, but they don’t include ramps for persons with disabilities, cyclists or parents with strollers.
“I just thought they were taking a step backwards,” Davis said. “In this day and age, you would think (barrier-free) universal design would be a given, not a second thought. I believe it’s a form of segregation.”
Davis said she’s hoping changes are made before the project gets its final approval. Otherwise, she said she’ll consider a complaint to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.