Community Centre now more accessible

People in Penticton's disabled community are reacting positively to efforts to improve accessibility at the community centre.

Katie Bowling, a Penticton resident with spina bifida, who has been active at the centre, described it as a step in the right direction.

"It's great to see neccessary improvements being made to the accessibility of the building, so that it's more user friendly for everyone," she said. "And I hope it continues."

Most recently, upgrades have been made to a change room using a grant of $7,700 from the Community  Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.

The need was also identified through community consultation with a group of advocates for persons with disabilities and recreation staff.

The additional accessible change room will reduce wait time to change for persons with disabilities. The grant funding allowed for the addition of a lift and full wall tracking system, grab bars, an adjustable shower head and widened cubicle door.

"Having this equipment makes it easier to access recreation," said Bowling.

The community centre serves people with disabilities from throughout the South Okanagan and has been working hard to ensure that everyone has access to recreation, according to city officials.

"The grant money has allowed for greater participation and access for persons with special needs to the pool," said Chuck Loewen, general manager of recreation.

Aaron McRann, Executive Director of the foundation, said they were pleased to partner with the city on the project.

"The community centre is, by its nature, intended to be a facility that is available and accessible to all," he said. "The Community Foundation is proud to have played a small part."




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