The pool at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre is now more accessible for those with mobility challenges, thanks to the installation of the new Aqua-Step Elite stair system.

The previous stair system was installed in 2002 and was funded by the Orangeville Lions Club. Having reached the end of its life cycle, staff noticed that pool patrons were experiencing some difficulties with the five-step configuration and recommended a six-step system with a shallower rise per step.

The project was initiated by the Orangeville Accessibility and Seniors Committee which funded the new stairs at a cost of $7,578. The stairs were installed on January 14.

“The Accessibility and Seniors Advisory Committee is always looking for opportunities and suggestions on things that will make the community at large more inclusive and accessible,” said Councillor Lisa Post who chairs the committee. “We are pleased to have been able to contribute this well-used and important piece to our recreation facilities.”

The step system, which needs to be removed two to three times per day, is much lighter than the old system and easier for staff to manipulate. Currently, the stairs are used for public and lane swims, aquafit, and swim lessons, as needed.