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Accessible picnic tables coming to Halifax and Dartmouth public areas

A new accessible picnic table at Grand Parade outside City Hall in Halifax.
A new accessible picnic table at Grand Parade outside City Hall in Halifax.

HALIFAX – City folk may notice a new addition in Grand Parade that will allow more visitors to comfortably enjoy the public space.

A blue accessible picnic table has been set up outside City Hall so people in wheelchairs or other accessibility devices can easily spend time in the park.

The picnic table is part of a pilot project by Transportation & Public Works, and is one of three tables planned for downtown Halifax and Dartmouth.

The bright blue table arrived this week. People can find it by the flag pole at the north end of Grand Parade, close to one of the paved pathways.

The new picnic table fits in with the colourful picnic tables and Adirondack chairs already outside City hall for people to enjoy.

Accessible picnic tables come in a variety of sizes and designs. Halifax’s accessible picnic table is an adaptation of the standard picnic table which features an extended table surface that allows a wheelchair or other accessibility device to tuck underneath and sit alongside the traditional bench seating.

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The municipality plans to build two more accessible picnic tables as part of the pilot project, one will be put in Victoria Park on Spring Garden Road and one in downtown Dartmouth at Alderney Landing.

For more information on accessibility in the Halifax region, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/accessibility/.