When the Sungod Recreation Centre in North Delta, B.C. was remodeled, they integrated a ramp into the beautiful and aptly named, Sunshine Pool.
The design of this ramp is brilliant. It allows people in wheelchairs and those who are mobility-challenged to enter and exit the pool without assistance. The ability to be independent, when so often a mobility disability requires asking for help—a lot—means a great deal to me.
In another facility I once visited, it was incumbent upon the swimmer to ask the lifeguard to wheel the stairs into the pool. This request was accompanied by an unspoken attitude of “You don’t look disabled, so why are you wasting my time and energy?” The Walking Disabled is a term I use to refer to people such as myself, who at first glance, don’t act or look disabled, unless you start paying attention and notice the gnarled fingers, the crooked toes, the mechanical movements or the adapted walk.)
As a former competitive swimmer, I also appreciate how the integration of the ramp doesn’t interfere with the placement of the lanes for competitive swimming.
Kudos to the Corporation of Delta for designing a facility that raises the bar (ramp?) for accessible facilities!
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How easy is it for you to enter and exit the pool at which you swim? Are you able to do so independently? Is that important to you?