Persons with disabilities can now use a pool-side lift at the Pyramid Recreation Centre (PRC) Aquatics Centre to get in and out of the water.
The pool lift was part of a larger PRC Aquatics Accessibility Project, which also included enhancements to the accessible change room. The accessible change room features a push-to-open automatic door, ceiling track lift and change table.
The St. Marys Accessibility Advisory Committee began research for the project in 2011. Financial supporters included the Town of St. Marys, Township of Perth South, Community Living St. Marys and Area, Community Living Stratford and Area, St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation, St. Marys-based business Action Health Care, and the Downie Optimists.
“I would like to share a special thanks to the donors who made the project possible,” said Town of St. Marys Councillor Lynn Hainer, a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee. She also expressed gratitude for “the advocacy of the volunteers who serve on the Town of St. Marys Accessibility Committee.”
Hainer went on to thank the Recreation Department and PRC staff for working with the committee “to ensure the pool is accessible for everyone to participate.”
As one of the project’s primary sponsors, Community Living St. Marys and Area provided the following comments: “When places in our community are not accessible this can lead to social isolation. At Community Living St. Marys and Area we are happy to support a project that makes it easier for all people to be welcomed and included in public spaces.
The funding given for this project by Community Living St. Marys and Area was raised in the St. Marys community through the organization’s annual Create a Smile Walk.
To use the equipment, swimmers can speak with Guest Services prior to entering the family change room. Personal support workers can enter free of charge. The Pyramid Recreation Centre will provide a wet sling and assistance for the pool lift. Patrons must provide their own slings for the washroom lift.