Community In Motion Funding Increases Accessibility

Wednesday, November 23, 2011/Espanola, Ontario

Accessibility is at the forefront in the delivery of the Community In Motion Free classes and programs offered at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex. "The grant money from the Province of Ontario is being put to good use to remove financial and physical barriers to being active and healthy," says Dianne Polden, Manager of Espanola Leisure Services.  "In addition, to offering free community classes and programs specific for youth & the 55+ market, we received funding to purchase a new mobile aquatic chair to augment the accessibility of our salt water pool."

The new chair, now available to users, has a powder coated stainless steel frame to resist corrosion. The chair also features a rigid moto-moulded plastic seat to aid in user transfer and front and rear stabilizer wheels which eliminate the tendency of the chair to pinch forward or back while getting down the accessibility ramp.

"The Community in Motion funding has only fortified our efforts to increase community accessibility.  We’ve been identifying & implementing cost-effective modifications to remove barriers in our building" says Polden, "We have removed the outside doors on our public washrooms and plans are in place to mark our stairs and wall edges to assist those with visual impairments. The Province’s support is a key in helping us meet our accessibility objectives."

For more information contact:
Cheryl Kennelly
Program Manager
Espanola Regional Recreation Complex
705-869-1961 ext. 2212
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