Accessing our Town Facilities

The Town of Collingwood recognizes that accessibility is essential to build on our unique profile as a major tourist destination, a retirement community and a community that attracts businesses. Many of our retirees are active and fit, but people over age 65 are more likely to have accommodation needs for different abilities. According to the 2013 report Towards an Accessible Future: Ontario Innovators in Accessibility and Universal Design by MaRS Market Insights, 37% of people aged 65-74 and 61% of people aged 75+ have at least one disability. 
 
Collingwood appreciates that most people of all ages and abilities want to stay active and involved. Many of our leisure activities include people with varying abilities. A few of the universal activities offered in Collingwood include sledge hockey, curling, golfing, swimming, trail use and special events. In addition, the Special Olympics swim teams make use of our various municipal facilities.  
 

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Town of Collingwood buildings and facilities

Collingwood strives to ensure that its residents and visitors of all abilities can visit and enjoy our facilities. Each building listed below has accessibility features to ensure that everyone is included. If you are planning to visit one of these facilities, you may want to check out these features.

Collingwood Town Hall (97 Hurontario Street)

  • Designated accessible parking available on Hurontario Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the Business Development Centre
  • Street level access with clear path of travel (no steps)
  • Power assisted doors (exterior and interior)
  • Lowered service counter
  • Elevator to access the second level of the building
  • Accessible washrooms on the second level of the building
  • A manual wheelchair and a transfer chair are available
  • Documents available in alternative formats (by request)
  • Fire alarms that have both an audible and visual flashing light signal

Business Development Centre (105 Hurontario Street)

  • Lowered service counter at the BDC
  • Designated accessible parking available on Hurontario Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the Business Development Centre
  • Street level access with clear path of travel
  • Power assisted entrance door
  • Lowered service counter
  • Universal washroom available

Collingwood Curling Club (250 Hume Street)

  • Designated accessible parking
  • Street level access with clear path of travel
  • Power assisted entrance door and lobby door to the change rooms
  • Power assisted doors to the rink surface
  • Elevator to access upper level spectator areas
  • Accessible change rooms available
  • Accessible washrooms available 

Eddie Bush Memorial Arena (97 Hurontario Street)

  • Designated accessible parking available on Hurontario Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the Business Development Centre
  • Street level access with clear path of travel
  • Power assisted entrance door 
  • Accessible washroom available in the lobby
  • Power assisted door to the arena area
  • Ramping to allow access to the viewing area 
  • Companion seating available
  • Four of seven change rooms are accessible

Central Park Arena (85 Patterson Street)

  • Designated accessible parking
  • Street level access with clear path of travel
  • Motion sensored entrance door
  • Accessible washrooms on both main floor and second floor
  • Elevator to access second floor mezzanine, meeting room and washrooms
  • All change rooms accessible
  • Ramping to allow access to the viewing area

“The Station” (45 St. Paul Street)

Home to the Collingwood Museum and Georgian Triangle Tourism Association (GTTA) 

  • Designated accessible parking available
  • Street level access with clear path of travel
  • Power assisted entrance door
  • Men’s and women’s accessible washrooms
  • Audio exhibits are available

Public Library and Municipal Offices (55 Ste. Marie Street)

  • Designated accessible parking available in the library parking lot and in the municipal parking lot adjacent to the building
  • Street level access with clear path of travel at front and parking lot entrance
  • Power assisted doors at front and parking lot entrance
  • Lowered service counter
  • Universal washroom on first and second floors
  • Accessible washrooms in the FreeSchools World Literacy Room
  • Elevator to allow access to the second and third floors
  • Public access computers with assistive technology
  • Wheeled baskets to carry books and documents within the library
  • 1 wheelchair for public use
  • Portable infrared assistive listening system (which can be used during meetings, presentations, etc.)
  • 1 DAISY player available for checkout (Victor Reader Stratus 4 M)
  • Specialized memberships that provide special accommodations for clients of Breaking Down Barriers and for people registered with CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) or CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access)
  • Smartview 360 desktop video magnifier

Learn more about the Collingwood Public Library and accessibility at www.collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca.

Centennial Aquatic Centre (451 Third Street)

  • Motion sensored entrance door
  • Push button to the main entrance of the pool – lever handles on all other doors
  • Three large accessible parking spaces (one larger than the other two) with direct access to a cut curb concrete sidewalk into the pool (75 regular sized parking stalls)
  • Accessible washroom stall in both women and men washroom change room areas
  • Ramp access to therapeutic pool and lift for large pool
  • Waterproof wheel chair 

Collingwood Fire Hall (45 High Street)

  • The new Fire Hall was designed on one level to be fully accessible and to avoid the potential problems that elevators can present in an emergency. 
  • The front entrance and the parking lot were redesigned before construction once the Accessible Design of Public Spaces Standards were released even though these requirements do not come into effect until 2016. 
  • This redesign means that counters are at a level that is comfortable for people in wheelchairs, scooters, or those who just want to sit while speaking to Fire Department employees.
  • The entrance is spacious to make it easy for people with mobility devices to maneuver. The building also makes use of natural light so it is welcoming for people with low vision.

 

Accessing our parks and trails

Collingwood is proud of its outdoor trails and parks and wants to ensure that they are accessible for everyone. In the fall of 2014, Collingwood took the new Accessible Design of Public Spaces requirements into account in creating a new playground at Black Ash Creek, even though these requirements don’t come into effect until 2016.
 
A portion of the Harbourview Park Boardwalk was replaced and rebuilt to a new 10 foot width. The Cenotaph recently had an accessible ramp installed at the east end and extra width installed at the west end to accommodate accessible seating. 
 
Sunset Point Washroom and Canteen at Sunset Point Park have designated accessible parking available in the parking lot and both the men’s and women’s washrooms have accessible features however, they do not have power assisted doors. (doors are left open)
In 2015 the Town will make improvements to the accessibility of Sunset Point as budgets allow.
 
A public forum was held to discuss the upgrades to Riverside Park in 2014 and another forum will be held in 2015 regarding new parks and upgrades to existing park development. Accessibility will be a focus of this forum.
 

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports

If you require an accessible format or communication support, please contact the Clerks Department at 705-445-1030 or by email at clerk@collingwood.ca. The Town of Collingwood’s documents are available in alternate formats upon request.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss how best we can meet your needs. 
 
Clerk’s Department
Town of Collingwood
P.O. Box 157
97 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 3Z5
T. 705-445-1030 E. clerk@collingwood.ca