Friday, June 29, 2012

Accessible Viewing Zones now available at the Stampede Parade

Anyone who’s ever been to the Stampede parade knows how challenging it can be to get through the crowds, not to mention find a place to view the show.

In order to ensure that all Calgarians can have a safe and enjoyable Stampede parade, The City of Calgary has reserved a number of locations along the parade route to accommodate people with mobility challenges and their families and/or friends. Accessible Viewing Zones are areas along the parade route that will be sectioned-off with barricades, and will have signs indicating they are reserved for people with mobility challenges.

Accessible Viewing Zones will be located on 6 Avenue and 9 Avenue, in the following eight areas:
  • On 6 Avenue at: 1 street S.E., 2 Street S.W., 6 Street S.W. and 9 Street S.W. 
  • On 9 Avenue at: Centre Street, 2 Street S.W., 6 Street S.W. and 9 Street S.W.
Accessible Viewing Zones will be reserved for people with mobility challenges until 8 a.m. on parade day Friday, July 6. Space is limited, so get there early!

If space remains in the viewing areas after 8 a.m., they will be opened up to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We want the Stampede parade to be a fun and memorable experience for all Calgarians and visitors,” said Leanne Squair, Issue Strategist for The City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility. “Providing accessible viewing areas during the parade will allow people with mobility challenges to have a designated place to sit and enjoy the parade with their friends and families.”

The City of Calgary urges citizens to please make room for people with wheelchairs, scooters, walkers or canes, and to be respectful of fellow parade-goers and staff monitoring the Accessible Viewing Zones.

Check out our webpage to learn more about the Accessible Viewing Zones or to find out about Access Calgary pick-up and drop-off information.

**Please note** Accessible Viewing Zones are made to accommodate mobility devices and do not have seating. Please bring your own chair if you require seating.

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