January 16, 2014 - 8:27 AM
PENTICTON — The City of Penticton has received a grant of $7,700 from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen to enhance change room accessibility in the Penticton Community Centre.
Through community consultation with a group of advocates for persons with disabilities and Recreation Penticton staff, upgrades to a change room in the pool were identified as a requirement to better meet the needs of customers. The Penticton Community Centre is a primary point of customer contact for persons with disabilities from the entire South Okanagan, so the renovations will benefit current users and provide opportunities for those people who have not yet attended.
"The Penticton Community Centre has been working hard to ensure that everyone has access to recreation. 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.
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.
“We are really pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the City of Penticton on this worthy project. The Penticton Community Centre is, by its nature, intended to be a facility that is available and accessible to all. The Community Foundation is proud to have played a small part in improving accessibility for persons with disabilities,” said Aaron McRann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen has served the region for over 20 years, working with donors to create legacies in the form of permanent endowment funds. Grants are distributed from income earned, preserving the capital to ensure a perpetual stream of funds.
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