City Council accepts donation for two new docks with accessible features in Fredericton

Fredericton City Council has accepted a generous donation of $50,000 from the Fredericton North Rotary Club to install docks with accessible features. The docks will be installed at Killarney Lake Park and Morell Park this summer in celebration of the Club’s Centennial year. These new docks will allow visitors with disabilities to better access to the river and will make getting in and out of a watercraft much easier.

“Everyone in our city should be able to experience the joy of dipping their toes in the water. This summer that will become a reality for many, thanks to the Fredericton North Rotary Club,” said Mayor Kate Rogers. “Fredericton City Council is incredibly grateful for this meaningful donation, marking 100 years of active community involvement from local Rotarians.”

The dock at Killarney Lake will include a 12-foot platform to allow guests to come on and off the ramp. The dock at Morell Park will include a transfer-bar so people using a wheelchair can hold the bar to get in and out of a watercraft. Both docks are configurable, meaning they can be rearranged to suit a person’s needs when installed.

“We have a beautiful waterfront here in Fredericton that a lot of people use,” said Bonny Hoyt-Hallett, a member of the Fredericton North Rotary Club. “Now people who had trouble reaching the water or getting into boats will be able to do that. These docks will open our waterways to everyone.”

The Fredericton North Rotary Club is one of four Rotary Clubs in the Fredericton area. The Rotary Clubs each have their own legacy projects in celebration of their 100th year. Rotary is a humanitarian organization with clubs around the world and consists of about 1.4 million members. These clubs are dedicated to community service, while also promoting goodwill, peace and lasting change.

In 2021, the City of Fredericton undertook a pilot project to install docks with accessible features at Morrell Park. By accepting the donation from the Rotary Club of Fredericton North Inc., the City of Fredericton will assume ownership of all materials, responsibility of future costs, yearly installation and removal of the docks.