New pool pod to improve accessibility at Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre

A new portable “pool pod” has been installed at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre to improve pool accessibility for people with mobility impairments.

The new lift equipment will enable individuals to use the leisure pool where they previously may have required assistance from a lifeguard. The equipment was courtesy of a $50,000 grant from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

With the installation of the pool pod, aquatics co-ordinator Chelsey Gray says work has begun to “develop and deliver specialized aquatics programming supporting recreational and therapeutic participants.”

“Our new programming will support children, families and agencies such as Five Counties Children’s Centre with recreational and therapeutic adapted swim lessons,” Gray said.

The City of Peterborough was selected as one of nine inaugural Jumpstart Accessibility Grant recipients for the Pool Pod project. The City says the pool pod will provide safe, efficient access to the pool. The centre is located adjacent to Fleming College.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.

“Jumpstart Accessibility Grants were created to help kids of all abilities enjoy and participate in sports and recreation in their communities,” stated president Scott Fraser. “We are proud to see this vision come to life in Peterborough as more residents can now experience barrier-free access to the local pool.”

The centre has a full gymnasium, walking track, fitness centre and multi-purpose rooms, which offer full accessibility and access to specialized equipment, including accessible fitness equipment.

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