Lysterfield Visitor Area
Visitors with limited mobility can enjoy Lysterfield Park, which has ramped access and accessible toilets. The Lysterfield Visitor Area, accessible from the Horswood Road entrance, was assessed for accessibility in 2012.
The main entrance to Lysterfield Park is on Horswood Road (Melway 108 D2). From this entrance, there are two parking areas with designated disabled parking spaces.
The first is the main road to the jetty and launching ramp. There are three parallel parks next to the main toilet block. These parks have a loading area on the curb side that leads directly to the main path to the toilet block and picnic area. The surface is asphalt but has a slope towards the lake of approximately 1 in 20.
There are two designated disabled spaces in the parking area near the dam wall. They are midway through the parking area on the lower level. They are angle parking spaces with a width of 4 metres. They are separated by a central access way giving additional spaces for loading and unloading wheelchairs. The nearest step free exit from the carpark to the picnic area is via the toilet block pathway at the northern end of the carpark.
Between the two carparks is a large picnic area consisting of both open grassland and sheltered treed areas. All of the picnic tables are the same design - a square table with fixed bench seating around three sides. The fourth side is open with clear space under the table to allow visitors in wheelchairs to sit at the table front facing or visitors requiring back support to bring their own chairs. The open sides all have large level areas around them.
There are electric barbecues throughout the picnic area. They are operated by a flush push switch that is recessed. The operating height is 900 millimeters.
Through the centre of the park picnic area is a level asphalt path linking both of the parking areas.
There are two toilet facilities in the park, one on the edge of either carparking area.
Both have an identical unisex toilet cubicle with out swinging doors that have a lever type latch and D-shaped handle. The doors are very light to open. They are both fitted with an internal rotating type lock with a small wing handle.
The rooms have ample maneuvering room and space beside the toilet for a wheelchair.
The toilet seat height is 460 millimeters. There is one sloping grab rail on the side wall in front of the toilet. The flush is on the rear wall and consists of two large recessed push buttons. The action is light requiring little effort.
There is a hand basin with clear space underneath it and no exposed hot water pipes. The tap is a push type with self timer. The action to activate the tap is light and the timer period a generous length. The rooms had an automatic hot air hand dryer.
The lake can be accessed in three places. From the disabled parking near the jetty there is a gravel path to the lake front and Jetty area. The surface is fine, hard packed gravel. The slope from the carpark to the lake foreshore is approximately 1 in 12.
Midway along the connecting path is a gently sloping asphalt path that leads to a small bridge and direct access to the lake edge path.
From the carpark near the dam wall there is a path leading from the toilet block towards the dam wall. There is a steep path leading directly to the foreshore or a more gently sloping, 1 in 14, path that zig zags to the lake front.
The beach near the dam wall is hard sand and gently sloping allowing wheelchairs access right to the water’s edge.
The path along the edge of the lake is a fine hard gravel and level.