Regina’s executive committee approves accessible elevator new Wascana Pool

Regina’s executive committee approved a motion that will see the city install an elevator at the new Wascana Pool, allowing everyone to enjoy the pool’s waterslides.

The elevator will cost around $555,000 to install and around $27,000 in annual maintenance and will be one of the first-of-its-kind in the country.

The capital costs include design, construction, and contingency. The operating costs include staffing, maintenance and utilities.

Funding from the Adapted Recreation Plan could be used to cover the capital costs, and an operating budget request would need to be submitted as part of the budget process.

Councillor Terina Nelson has been a strong advocate for further accessibility at all city facilities and said that it felt great to see the motion approved.

“Anytime we are taking the lead, thinking outside of the box, I’m so proud.”

The new Wascana Pool is set to open later this year; however, the city administration said the elevator wouldn’t be fully operational until 2025.

City council will vote on the issue at its meeting on March 22.

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