Access for All is pleased to provide support to the Rotary Club to improve accessibility at the wonderful new Japanese Pavilion at Saumarez park

Bailiwick Express Guernsey commentary: 

“The iconic Japanese Pavilion at Saumarez Park has re-opened and is now accessible to all.

Originally built in 1935, the building was damaged during the Occupation and underwent significant repair in 1989, however a survey in 2016 noted that extensive work was required, and it closed in 2019.”

Accessibilty was a priority for the new structure and a bridge, handrails and evenly levelled groundworks have been incorporated to ensure all members of the community can enjoy it.

Project manager Nigel Dorey explained that they strived to keep the new Pavilion as closely aligned to the original to preserve its Japanese heritage, but it was “important to digress from its historical architecture in this small but meaningful way so that it can be enjoyed by all.”

Founder of Access for All, Karen Blanchford, commented: “We’re so pleased to see that the bridge has been added and made this popular community attraction more accessible.

“Ensuring as many members of the community as possible can access attractions, parks and all areas of island life is crucial to inclusion.”