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Seasonal beach mat means this popular Victoria shore is accessible to all


Even though the beach is rocky, it’s accessible to all.

A sprawling seasonal beach mat is back at popular Ross Bay in Victoria to support wheelchair access to the beach, the City of Victoria said Friday.

First introduced last year as part of upgraded amenities and infrastructure at Dallas Road and Memorial Crescent, the mat helps create more outdoor recreation space for residents and visitors alike.

Last September, the city announced its crews had completed accessibility improvements at Ross Bay, which, along with the mat and ramp, included a new public plaza and sidewalks, upgraded crosswalks, and accessible parking stalls.

The city noted that a barrier-free 20-foot-long harvest picnic table with six wheelchair-accessible spaces was also installed as part of the project.

Upon completion, Mayor Lisa Helps said the upgrades “go a long way” to creating inclusive recreation spaces, allowing everyone to take in the view or cool down at the water on a hot summer’s day.

According to the city, the beach mat will remain in place until late September.

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