Ventura, CA)—A 39 foot temporary Wheelchair Ramp was provided Tuesday, March 24, 2009 to the Ventura Film Fest to accommodate attendees at the historic Elks Lodge in Ventura. An Amramp was provided to assist Film Fest attendees wanting to attend films in Theater 2. Dylan McKee, an Amramp Installer, helped train local volunteer, Michael Tine for the installation on Wednesday in preparation for the opening night, Thursday March 26.
The Elks Lodge was built prior to standards from the Americans With Disabilities Act. With a 36 inch “rise”, it requires a 36 foot ramp as well as a turn platform to enable entry to Theater 2. This was provided by Amramp along with hand rails to insure the safety of the attendees at the Film Fest. The ramp will be dismantled on March 30 and returned to the warehouse.
Brett McKee, President of Amramp – Los Angeles said, “We are pleased to help ensure all patrons can attend the films within “Lodge”. It is gratifying to see people using the ramp. They otherwise may not have been able to participate in this first annual film festival in Ventura.”
Patrick McKee, Lead Installer, was impressed to be back at Disneyland, driving down Tomorrowland with the Amramp truck full of wheelchair ramps and materials. Disneyland was the site of many visits to the rides and shops throughout his life.
Many people who are not in wheelchairs use the ramps because it is more easy and safe for them rather then climbing stairs. These include people with canes, walkers, parents with baby carriages or people who find it difficult to climb stairs. This application is ideal for those attending the Ventura Film Festival.