‘Empowering people’: Victoria Tool Library adds outdoor recreational gear to its catalogue

‘Empowering people’: Victoria Tool Library adds outdoor recreational gear to its catalogue
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The Victoria Tool Library is located in downtown Victoria.

The Victoria Tool Library (VTL) is expanding its inventory with outdoor recreational gear, including several pieces of equipment for people with disabilities.

The VTL was first established in 2016, and was designed to let people share and use tools and equipment for their own projects, without having to worry about expensive upfront costs for tools.

Some eight years later, the Victoria Tool Library has more than 1,600 items in its catalogue at its downtown location at at 750 Fairfield Road.

On Friday, the VTL announced that it was expanding its inventory to include more than just tools.

Outdoor recreational gear, such as pickleball sets, outdoor lawn games, camping stoves and life jackets have been added to the library.

Several assistive recreational devices have also been added to give people with lower limb mobility challenges a chance to enjoy the outdoors. These assistive devices were provided by the RAD society.

“We are thrilled to work with the VTL to incorporate a hand-cycle, a mountain E-trike, and an A-linker mobility scooter into the library,” said RAD founder Tanelle Bolt.

“This partnership is a great way for people with short-term or permanent mobility needs to test out assistive devices and lead active, independent lifestyles,” she said.

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The VTL is partly funded by the Victoria Foundation and City of Victoria.

Individuals can buy a one-year membership to the VTL for $100. Several sponsored memberships are also available for community groups or individuals with disabilities.

“Our members share tools and equipment to help fix, repair, refurbish, and create,” said VTL volunteer Russell Molnar.

“With the launch of this new project, we are making it easier to get outside and stay active,” he said.

A full list of what tools and equipment are available at the VTL can be found on the Victoria Tool Library website.

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