The Stan Stronge Pool on the Pearson Dogwood site will be replaced with a new accessible warm-water pool for people with significant disabilities. This new Therapy Pool is being planned as part of a larger recreational facility development that includes two other pools, making this project more sustainable with reduced costs through shared amenities.
Key features of new Therapy Pool
Similar to the current Stan Stronge Pool, the new Therapy Pool will be unique in the lower mainland, with warm water temperature, a soothing environment and capacity to serve individuals with physical, cognitive and developmental challenges.
Key features include:
- Warm water – 33 degrees or higher
- Shallow depth, ranging from 1.0 metre to a maximum of 1.5 metres
- Ramp entry with a gradual slope
- Multiple supports and access devices such as: ceiling lifts in change rooms, pool wheelchairs, handrails, etc.
- Accessible change rooms with adjustable benches, handrails etc.
The new Therapy Pool will be designed to support people with disabilities who are unable to use or access public facilities. Many pool users will be local residents, living in the new housing units with supports on the Pearson Dogwood site. This pool is a place where individuals with a care provider can go for therapy sessions. The aquatic therapy programs, amenities and warm water environment here are not available elsewhere in the community.