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  • Spirit of Vancouver, For years I enjoyed the fireworks and was gladdened to hear that they will continue thanks to "you". I would like to bring your attention to a concern of mine and others', that of wheelchair accessibility. In previous years the accessibility to the sand provided by du Maurier was inadequate. It is a civil right that is much overlooked and limits the experience of many. May I suggest that the sponsors of the Spirit of Vancouver consider sponsoring the installment of the p.a.t.h.s. system, invented by a local Vancouver architect, and proven to work. The website is, and I encourage you to explore this opportunity as a means of wheelchair, stroller, walker, etc. access. Please contact me via e-mail or telephone. Thank you
    Sharon Hill
    Sharon Hill
  • “A West Side man turned the beach into a level playing field at this year's Arts Umbrella Sand Castle Competition...Architect, Inventor and Artist Keith David Benjamin...B.C. Paraplegic Association regional consultant Robert Willey, who uses a wheelchair, says Benjamin's makeshift pathway enabled him to participate in the competition. "It's the first time we got down to the beach. It worked very kept your wheelcair tires from sinking in the sand. " Willey agrees that Benjamin's idea would be a blanket solution. "Even mothers with baby strollers would be delighted. We found that once we laid the track down people started using it as a sidewalk. We'd turn around and there'd be a line of people waiting to get on the site. It was remarkable.”
    From the Vancouver Courier article by Kerry Gold
    From the Vancouver Courier article by Kerry Gold
  • “My name is Wendy Rasmussen and I have had multiple sclerosis for 20 years. In the last eight years my mobility has become increasingly impaired and I now use a 3-wheel electric scooter to get around...My husband and I were in need of a spring getaway...but I was apprehensive about seeing the beach and being unable to reach it. That was when I remembered reading an article about PATHS (a beach access system developed by Keith David Benjamin) and I got in touch with him. He was kind enough to lend us a roll of this path system and anchor pins to take with us.
    The PATHS system worked. It was a liberating experience: to be back on the beach after so many years. I was enjoying the pleasures on the beach that I thought I would have to give up forever. Keith, thanks so much for developing your simple low-tech solution to allow me the chance to enjoy the shoreline again!”
    Wendy RasmussenBritish Columbia
  • ...The path system was particularly useful on the Tuesday of tournament week. Dennis Walters, a paraplegic golfer who tours North America, charmed a crowd of several thousand with his trick shot making ability. Without the path system those persons in wheelchairs who had come out particularly to see him would not have had access to the area. We have used Mr. Benjamin's path system at the Greater Vancouver Open for the past two years and look forward to using it in the future.
    Tim Kelley, Executive DirectorGreater Vancouver Open