Harbour Passage Recipient of the Randy Dickinson Community Inclusion Award
For Immediate Release - September 18, 2006
(Saint John, NB) – On Friday, Recreation New Brunswick presented Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership with the Randy Dickinson Community Inclusion Award. This annual award was presented for the development of Harbour Passage and the inclusion of persons with disabilities within the area of sport, recreation, and active living. A major component of Harbour Passage is the "switchback" ramp at the pavilion that provides barrier-free access between the trail and pavilion.
Randy Dickinson is the Executive Director of The Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons. This agency was created to advise the provincial government on matters relating to the status of persons with disabilities. Randy Dickinson was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1999.
Harbour Passage has been a Saint John success story with over 2500 users a day! The trail is accessible on a year-round basis and is suitable for use by all age groups including those persons with a disability. The total length of Harbour Passage is just under three kilometers and now connects the north side of the city to the downtown with a safe walking, running and biking trail.
Ross Jefferson stated the development of Harbour Passage has been putting waterfront access front and centre since initial design work began in late 2001. This community effort is instrumental in Saint John achieving its potential as a premier waterfront in Canada. The Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership and its projects are funded by contributions from the three levels of government, corporations, community organizations, individuals and many volunteers, who are all passionate about improving access to and development of the waterfront in Saint John.
Recreation New Brunswick is a not for profit organization dedicated to advancing the recreation and parks field by broadening the knowledge and experience base of its members and by advocating for the value and benefit of leisure and recreation opportunities for all people. The association provides educational opportunities, offers resource materials, distributes a broad range of information through its publications, and acts as a voice for the recreation and parks movement in New Brunswick.
Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership operates under the direction of the Saint John Development Corporation, and reports to Saint John Common Council, the Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership is comprised of the City of Saint John, Saint John Development Corporation, Uptown Saint John Inc., Enterprise Saint John Inc., Saint John Board of Trade, and the Saint John Port Authority.
The Partnership’s mandate is to channel, focus, and direct the community of Greater Saint John’s collective energy and enthusiasm for waterfront development.
For further information:
Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership