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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.


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

Interior building elements

  • 2 floors/levels in facility is accessed via stairs
    • Multi-purpose Room/Spectator viewing area is on 2nd floor
  • Reception Counter has a lowered section
  • Swipe card mechanism is between 800 and 1100 mm from the floor (reachable from a wheelchair)
  • Continuous accessible path of travel (public corridor is at least 1100 mm wide) to:
    • Pool deck and pool area
      • Width within female change room is at least 920 mm 
      • Width within male change room is at least 920 mm
    • 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
  • Assisted Change Room:
    • Roll-in shower with no lip
    • Grab bars
    • Hand held shower hose
    • Shower seat
    • Accessible lockers
  • Means of water entry/exit from Pool:
    • Pool lift
    • Portable stairs with handrails
    • Vertical ladder
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Alarm system with audible & flashing light