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Thornhill 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.

A water wheelchair is available to provide access from the change room to the pool deck


  • 6 designated accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel leads from parking lot to the entrance


  • Front entrance is at ground level (no stairs)
  • Automatic sliding doors by sensor


  • International symbol of accessibility identifies barrier-free areas of facility


  • Female washroom in lobby - barrier-free stall
    • no grab bar on wall
  • Male washroom in lobby - barrier-free stall
    • no grab bar on wall
  • Female Change Room – barrier-free stall 
  • Male Change Room – barrier-free stall 
  • Universal change room - barrier-free change room
    • no power operated door
    • centre line of toilet is positioned too far from side wall
    • no grab bar

Interior building elements

    A pool lift is available to help you in and out of the water
  • 2 floors/levels in facility is accessed via stairs
    • Multi-purpose Room/Spectator viewing area is on 2nd floor
  • Reception counter has:
    • a barrier-free section
    • a counter induction hearing loop
  • Swipe card mechanism is between 800 - 1100 mm from the floor (reachable from a wheelchair)
  • Fire alarms have audible & visual (flashing light) signals
  • Barrier-free path of travel through corridor to:
    • Change Rooms
    • Female Change Room: circulation within has a clear width of at least 920 mm
    • Male Change Room: circulation within has a clear width of at least 920 mm
    • Universal Change Room:
      • (1) private, barrier-free change room equipped with roll-in shower, grab bars, hand-held shower head, shower seat, toilet (no grab bar) and accessible lockers
    • Pool deck
    • Colour contrast edging around the pool
    • Aquatic wheelchair available - rated at 350 lbs.
    • Pool Access (water entry/exit):
      • Portable pool lift
      • Portable stairs with handrails
      • Vertical ladder
    • Fitness Centre
    • no power operated door
    • Group Exercise Studio (Aerobics Room)
    • no power operated door
    • Multi-purpose Meeting Room
    • no power operated door
    • Spectator Area & Vending machine in lobby