Investments to Improve Accessibility
The province is committed to removing barriers for persons with disabilities. To support that commitment, the province is investing $960,000 in 88 projects through Community ACCESS-Ability grants to improve accessibility in buildings and public spaces.
The Friends of Annapolis Pool Society is receiving $6,969 to make the pool in Annapolis Royal barrier free and wheelchair accessible by upgrading the entrance from the sidewalk to the pool deck and installing an aquatic chair lift. The lift will allow users to independently access the water.
“I want to thank the Friends of Annapolis Pool Society and all our grant recipients, for helping to make our province more accessible,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Suzanne Lohnes-Croft. “These facilities are often the centre of our communities. Removing barriers to these spaces allows people with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in the communities they live in.”
Community ACCESS-Ability grants help with improvements like ramps, power door operators and lever door handles, barrier free washrooms, elevators and lifts, audio signals and loops and lighting/colour contrasting and playground accessibility. Proposals are welcome from non-profit organizations, Mi’kmaw communities and municipalities.
"This grant will let more people enjoy the Annapolis Community Pool. The upgrades will make the pool and our pool deck accessible to any patrons that require a wheelchair or other mobility aid, or who need assistance because of disability or injury. Our aim is to be a gathering place to encourage health, recreation and to bolster a sense of community. We’re also grateful to the students of the Annapolis West Educational Centre’s robotics team, who researched our facility, met with experts and helped us draft this grant.”Anna Kate Newman, Friends of Annapolis Pool Society
- Communities, Culture and Heritage offers two accessibility grant programs – one for communities and another for small business
- the Annapolis Community Pool offers public swimming, swimming lessons, youth employment, child care and recreational programming during the summer months
- the list of 2020-21 grant recipients can be found at https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-our-future/community-funding-and-awards/community-access-ability-program
- Annapolis Community Pool: https://facebook.com/annapolispool/
- Access by Design 2030: Achieving an Accessible Nova Scotia; https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/access-by-design/
- Nova Scotia Culture Action Plan: https://novascotia.ca/culture/