May 26, 2016
Tonight I am on my way to the Bow Valley Ranch on the SE part of Fish Creek park to pilot using a minibus in conjunction with Friends of Fish Creek and Alberta Parks to offer tours to people with limited mobility or other people who want to see the park, but have no means to do so. We were checking for accessibility and for any impediments that could be removed. I love this idea as we also had a guide who had intimate knowledge of the park. I think more people would be willing to see this fabulous place with a little incentive such as this.
The weather was not cooperating tonight. The sky looked dark and ominous as I was driven down to the site. I knew we would be under the covered minibus, but it wouldn’t stop the cold and wind from chilling us all. Even with this prospect, we were all still excited about seeing the park. Many of our group had not been there at all before and I had only seen a fraction of this area.
|photo courtesy of Mary Salvani|
We all got into the minibus and we were then given a basic history of the area as well as information about what the night would hold. Our driver, Don, started us down the paved path. We had a few showers, but after 30 minutes of rain, the sun came out. We learned so much about the natural history of the park and what was done to reclaim the areas to make it the wonderful natural space it is now.
I think it was a successful pilot. Now we just have to spread the news.
|Red Winged Blackbird- photo courtesy of Mary Salvani|
Look for tours through Friends of Fish Creek... Minibus tours