(Photo by Myles Sauer/Victoria Buzz)

The City of Victoria has decided to reopen the road to Beacon Hill Loop that allows access to the summit for vehicles.

In May 2020, council decided to impose a partial vehicle ban for most of Beacon Hill Park, leaving only the parking lots at Heywood Road, Circle Drive, and Nursery Road to allow access for seniors, and people with disabilities.

The rationale for that decision was to allow for proper physical-distancing for pedestrians at the park during the pandemic.

Now, after input from accessibility organizations including the Accessibility Working Group, the Beacon Hill Loop will reopen to vehicles on November 28.

“We heard loud and clear that seniors and people with disabilities take great joy from being able to visit the summit of the park,” said Mayor Lisa Helps in a statement.

“By reopening the road, we are able to improve accessibility and enjoyment of the park for all, while continuing to provide opportunities for physical distancing and staying active.”

Arbutus Way, Bridge Way, and Chestnut Row remain closed to all vehicles except for emergency and service vehicles.

Parking lots remain open at Heywood Road, Circle Drive and Nursery Road, and street parking remains available along Douglas Street, Cook Street and Dallas Road.

(Beacon Hill Park vehicle accessibility map)

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