Barrier-Free access for all.
Gaining entry to the wonders that await visitors to Peachland’s cultural hub
must be a welcoming experience for all.
For some it is not!
Community supporters have partnered with the Arts Council to build this inviting, barrier-free plaza that will provide everyone with easy access into the school. The plaza will also serve as programmable outdoor space for art exhibitions, concerts, and other events.
The addition of sloped walkways allows easy access for community members with mobility challenges.
We need this important cultural space to be barrier-free for everyone.
Our Building and Cultural Center
From 1908 when it was built, until its closure in 2003, generations of Peachland children were educated in this schoolhouse. Due to its dilapidated condition, it sat disused and boarded-up for several years after closure. With estimated restoration costs approaching $1 million the prospect of demolition loomed. Thanks to grants, community donations, in-kind support and a District contribution (and thanks to the discovery of one of BC’s biggest bat colonies living in the attic) “Save the School” efforts prevailed. In 2014 the beautifully restored building was re-opened for community use.
As tenant of the Peachland Historic School the Peachland Community Arts Council curates the beautiful Mary Smith art gallery, hosts concerts, lectures, and other cultural events, programs the space, and operates the Visitor Centre. Here, locals and the thousands of tourists that arrive every year can learn about the amazing bat colony roosting in the attic, find out the history of Peachland and that of our Westbank First Nations neighbours, and be regaled with ever evolving stories of the lake monster, Ogopogo.
Accessibility is important to our community.
Previous community sponsored projects include this barrier-free 120m long pier designed to help mobility challenged users enjoy lakeside fishing and other restful activities. A ramp and aquatic wheelchair installed at the popular Swim Bay beach is another. A third is the cluster of outdoor musical instruments waiting to be enjoyed by anyone arriving at the end of Peachland’s famous multi-use pathway.
Creating barrier-free access to Peachland’s cultural hub will be an expensive proposition and our Society will be working tirelessly to generate the $400,000 we need.
Please help us to Ramp-up this project!