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Malton Pool's Barrier-free Design Garners Award from the March of Dimes

Nov 09, 2011

The City of Mississauga has been awarded the 2011 Barrier-Free Design Award of Merit from the March of Dimes for renovations to the Malton Community Centre Pool.

The pool is one of many of the City's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) projects recently completed. All City projects built through the ISF program's combination of municipal, provincial and federal funding incorporated accessibility improvements.

"The City of Mississauga has long been committed to improving accessibility in our City," said Corporate Services commissioner Brenda Breault, whose department was responsible for all facility additions and renovations undertaken through the ISF program. "Incorporating accessible design, above and beyond building code requirements, was an obvious choice for all our community pool and facility projects."

"We were very pleased to present the City of Mississauga with our Barrier-Free Award of Merit for the recent renovations made to the Malton Community Centre Pool," said Andria Spindel, President and CEO of March of Dimes Canada. "What really impressed the Awards Committee when reviewing this nomination was that this project didn't just meet the basic requirements of the building code, it went above and beyond. All accessibility features within the pool area encourage and welcome people with disabilities to explore the wonderful and relaxing amenities that the pool has to offer," she continues.

The Malton pool now includes more accessible parking spots in unobstructed areas, new ramps, accessible washrooms and change rooms with ceiling track lift systems, and a ramp and hydraulic lift to allow universal access to both the lap pool and the leisure/therapy pool.

The award, initiated in 1993 to promote public awareness of the importance of barrier-free design, is presented annually for buildings or facilities designed or renovated with special regard to accessibility for people with disabilities. The award was presented to the City at the March of Dimes annual general meeting in September.

Background

Find out more about the Malton Community Centre and Building Our Future Mississauga, the City of Mississauga's ISF projects.

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. For more information about the award, or the organization, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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Media contact:

Ann Lehman-Allison
Public Affairs Specialist
905-615-3200 Ext. 3940
ann.lehman-allison@mississauga.ca
TTY #905-896-5151






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