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Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre accessibility

Please note: Calgary Recreation is improving accessibility in facilities whenever upgrades are done. Levels of accessibility vary according to when our facilities were built and when major renovations were completed, so not all parts of the facility may be “accessible for all”. This information indicates the parts of the facility that are barrier-free and is provided to help customer(s) with a disability find a facility that can meet their particular sensory or mobility needs.


  • 5 designated accessible parking spaces (4 on east side & 1 on west side of building)
  • Accessible path of travel leads from parking lot to the entrance


  • Front entrance is at ground level (no stairs)
  • Push Plate/Button opens door


  • International symbol of accessibility identifies barrier-free areas of facility
  • Facility Signage has a strong colour contrast


  • Universal ‘single use washroom’ in lobby
    • no power operated door
  • Female Change Room – barrier-free stall
    • no power operated door to enter change room
    • centre line of toilet is positioned too close to side wall
  • Male Change Room – barrier-free stall
    • no power operated door to enter change room

Interior building elements

  • 2 floors/levels in facility is accessed via stairs
    • Fitness Centre, Multi-purpose (fitness) Room & Spectator Area are on the 2nd floor
  • Reception Counter has a lowered section
  • Swipe card mechanism is between 800 and 1100 mm from the floor (reachable from a wheelchair)
  • Water wheelchair
    A water wheelchair is available to provide access from the change room to the pool deck.
    Continuous accessible path of travel (public corridor is at least 1100 mm wide) to:
    • Pool deck and pool area
      • Narrowest width within female change room is 860 mm 
      • Width within male change room is at least 920 mm
    • Multi-purpose Room
      • no power operated door
    • Vending machine in lobby
  • Water wheelchair available
  • Means of water entry/exit from Pool:
    • Portable Stairs with handrails
    • Vertical Ladder
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Alarm system with audible & flashing light