We’re pleased to announce that the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is the recipient of the Award for Accessibility for the 2020 Calgary Awards! This landmark facility in the city’s northwest has set new standards for universal access in Calgary recreation facilities, serving its community through the application of universal design concepts in the provision of wellness, physical activity spaces, child care, sport and arts services.
The facility’s design includes adaptable and open-ended spaces around a connective hub of informal gathering areas for easy and independent access. Outside, accessible public walkways and trails ensure an optimal experience for all users. The building exceeds the 2014 Alberta Building Code in many areas. Entry to the building from the parking area is entirely accessible with subtle sloping ramps, the reception counter includes an Assistive Listening Device, and signage and wayfinding are provided in Braille and English. Universal dressing rooms offer a variety of private change areas, including lifts and adult change tables, to meet the needs of culturally, demographically and ability-diverse individuals, caregivers and families. Pool access is via the zero-entry wave pool or accessible pool lift, and the strength and conditioning area has accessible equipment. The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge fosters an inclusive community open to people of all ages and abilities and provides all Calgarians with the opportunity to achieve a life of physical, mental and social well-being in one place.
The Award for Accessibility recognizes buildings or facilities in Calgary that exceed the minimum requirements of Section 3.8, “Accessibility” of the National Building Code, Alberta edition, for accessibility by persons with disabilities.
The Calgary Awards:
2020 Calgary Awards recipients