admin by Peachland Historic School Accessible Plaza Society | 1 Mar 2021
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Culture & Creativity,Social Inclusion

Peachland Ramps Up! Barrier-Free Access for All

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Peachland Ramps Up! Community supporters have partnered with the Arts Council to build this inviting, barrier-free plaza providing everyone with easy access!

Peachland Ramps Up! Community supporters have partnered with the Arts Council to build this inviting, barrier-free plaza providing everyone with easy access!

Peachland Ramps Up

Peachland Ramps Up is a community project to build an inviting, barrier-free plaza providing everyone with easy access to Peachland Historic School and Arts Centre. As a 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.

With its high ceilings, stunning lake views, and vibrant atmosphere, the Arts Council space exudes creative energy - the reason perhaps for it having attracted the attention and support of artists and art enthusiasts far and wide.

From School to Community Arts Centre

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 2013 the beautifully restored building was re-opened for community use.


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 one end of Peachland’s famous multi-use pathway.

Peachland Ramps Up

Our Fund-raising goal

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!

We want Peachland to be awash with ribbons!   

Anyone contributing to our project through this site will, in addition to having our gratitude, be acknowledged as follows:

  • $25 or more: Peach  Ribbon and Tax receipt:
  • $100 or more: Peach Ribbon, Tax receipt, plus name on group plaque:
  • $500 or more: Peach ribbon, Tax receipt, plus name on personal plaque:
  • $1000 or more: Peach ribbon, Tax receipt, plus name on special plaque.

If you are a Peachland resident please tie your ribbon to your car, front door, fence, or other privately owned property - yourself included!

If you are an Out of Towner, please consider having a member of our team tie your ribbon to our outdoor ribbon tree at our Visitor Centre as a reminder to others to help Ramp-up this project!

Tax receipts will be mailed separately by the District of Peachland.

Follow our Progress

Our Wayblaze appeal is an important element in our fundraising efforts. However, it is time limited, and will finish at the end of May 2021. For those with a continuing interest in our project we invite you to follow our progress and participate in some of the fun social events we have in mind as our campaign continues. Details will be available on our website www.historicschoolplaza.org

Please help us make Peachland Accessible to Everyone

 

Thank you for your generous support.

Discuss this project...

Phyllis Papineau

20 hours ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Henderikus Ruev...

7 days ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Please have my name next to my wife’s, Susan Haglund. Thank you.
Susan Haglund

7 days ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Please put my name beside my husband, Henderikus Ruevekamp. His is a separate donation,
Robert Goodale

13 days ago

Contributed $500 CAD
Bruce& LindaLea ...

14 days ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Bev Lough

19 days ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Eleatha Reniers

20 days ago

Contributed $25 CAD
Keith and Rita F...

24 days ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Paula McLaughlin

24 days ago

Contributed $50 CAD
We look forward to the completion of this worthwhile project for all to enjoy!
Anonymous

25 days ago


Contributed $50 CAD
Great idea
Sylvia McCallum

26 days ago

Contributed $25 CAD
Great asset to our town
Vickie Allard

27 days ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Thank you for this most important & necessary project
Madeleine Patterson

27 days ago

Contributed $25 CAD
Yes we really need this...thanks to all the organizers...I can pick up a ribbon at the Art centre
Anonymous

28 days ago


Contributed $25 CAD
Barb Clark

29 days ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Tracey Black

30 days ago

Contributed $25 CAD
Gayle Pawlessa

30 days ago

Contributed $25 CAD
Carol White

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Fantastic idea. Hope we can get this done
pat grieve

1 month ago

Contributed $50 CAD
two memberships and donations
Christopher Byrd

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
JANET RUTT

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
HERE
Geneva Ensign-La...

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
The Art Gallery and its staff graciously sponsored several book launches for me in great style. It is in a league with any large city galleries!
Gordon Lalonde

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Janet Hornseth

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Janet Hornseth / Stewart Kerr
Deborah Livingstone

1 month ago

Contributed $500 CAD
A wonderful project which reflects the true spirit of Peachland by creating a welcoming gathering space & easy access for everyone.
Kathy Krasnov

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Doug Ross

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Doug Ross and Mary Trueman (both names to appear on group plaque)
Susan Driussi

1 month ago

Contributed $500 CAD
We are fortunate to have such dedicated citizens promoting not only the arts but our community. Thank you.
Kenneth Klein

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Lets Get her done.
Off-line donat...

1 month ago


Contributed $16100 CAD
Anonymous

1 month ago


Contributed $25 CAD
Just checking to see how easy it is to donate.
Terence Condon

1 month ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Anonymous

2 months ago


Contributed $100 CAD
Rob Barrs Wayblaze

2 months ago

Contributed $25 CAD
Go Peachland!!

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