The Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded Parkwood Estate with a grant of $130,800 to assist the Foundation in improving the accessibility of its grounds and mansion.
Improving accessibility was identified by the Foundation’s Board of Directors as a priority so more visitors can enjoy and learn from this unique Canadian museum. Visitors, patients, volunteers and staff of the R.S. McLaughlin Regional Cancer Centre and of Lakeridge Health Oshawa will particularly benefit from improved accessibility for respite and enjoyment just steps from the Hospital.
The project included wheelchair accessible limestone paths to link existing garden paths, a level viewing station and canopy near the Rose Garden, an accessible switch-back ramp to the Italian Garden, more benches throughout grounds beside accessible pathways, automatic door openers at the Gift Shop/Tour Entrance and Carriage House Meeting rooms, level viewing areas and access paths at the Tennis Court gardens, and signage throughout the grounds indicating which paths and washrooms are accessible.
In 2011, Parkwood NHS became a member of the Easter Seals, Access 2 Entertainment program. Presenting the card at the time of admission at the Parkwood Tour entrance entitles the persons designated on the face of the card free admission for one support person
For our hearing impaired or hard of hearing patients, please ask for a copy of your tour guides commentary, or commentary of any of our public/education program notes, at the start of your visit.
Easter Seals Canada’s Access 2 Entertainment Program