The District of West Vancouver has taken steps toward making all its facilities accessible to people of differing abilities.
All levels of the West Vancouver Municipal Hall are accessible by elevator, and washrooms on the lower level are wheelchair-accessible. The District has more work to do in terms of making the municipal hall more accessible for people with visual and hearing impairments.
All of our cultural facilities offer parking for people with disabilities, and the Silk Purse, Ferry Building Gallery, and John Lawson Studios are accessible on the lower floor. Our community centres and recreation facilities offer many accessibility features.
The West Vancouver Memorial Library has had extensive renovations to make all levels of the facility wheelchair-accessible and offers power-assisted entrance doors. The library offers Talking Book programs for people who are unable to read print material due to visual, physical or cognitive disabilities, and large print books too. Adaptive technologies include high-contrast keyboards and screen magnifiers are available. The library’s Welsh Hall meeting room is equipped with hearing loops for those with hearing aids, and headsets for those without hearing aids.
For moving around in West Vancouver, the District has installed:
- audible pedestrian signals for the visually impaired
- pedestrian bulges with curb letdowns to reduce crossing distances for people with mobility issues
- tactile mats at curb letdowns for visually impaired
- accessible bus pads at key stops for people using wheelchairs and electric scooters
- extended pedestrian crossing time for slower movers.
The District of West Vancouver is committed to implementing, maintaining and enhancing accessibility for all by demonstrating a leadership role in meeting the needs of all community members for whom accessibility is a concern.