Danielle Lane tries out the new automatic accessible door at Salmon Arm’s recreation centre following the official ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Oct. 23. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm’s recreation centre opens gym door to whole community

City council listens to request, installs accessible door so area is no longer unreachable

Going to the SASCU Recreation Centre in Salmon Arm just became easier and, in some cases, possible, for some residents.

In May of 2018, Patrick Ryley came to city council to ask for improvements to accessibility at city buildings.

He had just spent five months in a wheelchair so the facilities’ road blocks to access were far too well-known to him.

One of his requests was an accessible door for the gym in the rec centre.

He had pointed out there’s an accessible door at the pool entry but not by the gym, and events in the gym often extend beyond pool hours.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the rec centre to celebrate the new door.

Read more: Experience in wheelchair opens eyes to access concerns

Read more: B.C. communities urged to improve access for people with disabilities

Along with Ryley, present were Mayor Alan Harrison and other city politicians, rec centre and Shaw Centre staff, as well as residents Bruce Jones who uses an electric scooter and Danielle Lane who uses a wheelchair.

Harrison said the door is an example of what the city is trying to do – make the city more accessible. He thanked Ryley for bringing the request to the city.

“It’s good that we live in a town when you can actually go before council and say, I’d like a four-way stop here or a handicap door there and they actually listen and get it done.”

Ryley had also made another request to city council at that 2018 council meeting. He had noted there are accessible doors on the south end, while on the north end, near Hucul Pond, there’s a ramp but no accessible doors. Furthermore, he said the existing accessible doors are not always open when the arena or Hucul Pond are in use.

Read more: Roots and Blues gets great reviews plus accessibility suggestions

Read more: Device brings back live music for Shuswap man

Bruce Jones also raised a concern Wednesday about Shaw Centre. He said while the facility has an elevator, it is not large enough to accommodate some scooters, including his.

Danielle Lane said following the event that she is not able to accompany her son to some parks in Canoe and, to a lesser extent, Salmon Arm, because they’re grassy or do not have a way for her to get from the parking lot to the park.

“”It makes my heart feel for a lot of the parents and grandparents that can’t bring their kids to the park – that’s like one of their favourite things to do,” Lane said.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Bruce Jones tries out the new accessible door with automatic opener at the SASCU Recreation Centre in Salmon Arm on Oct. 23. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate Salmon Arm’s new accessible automatic door on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Salmon Arm’s recreation centre staff, city politicians, Bruce Jones and Danielle Lane who tried out the doors, supporters and, in front, Patrick Ryley, who made a presentation to city council about a year-and-a-half ago for the accessible door. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

Just Posted

Okanagan teenagers found after missing for four days

The pair, believed to be dating, had been missing since Nov. 15.

South Shuswap residents’ input wanted on proposed cannabis store

CSRD hosting Nov. 19 public meeting for retail outlet planned for Blind Bay Village Grocer property

Show will go on in honour of Shuswap musician Willy Gaw

Fundraising concert at North Shuswap Community Hall to support family

Online registration for Salmon Arm rec centre programs to begin

Fill in your account early, computer registration for programs starts 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26

Investigation ongoing after shots fired in North Okanagan

RCMP have no updates from Nov. 1 incident

Salmon Arm Silverbacks lose in Penticton, pull off overtime win against Wenatchee

Team now in second place in the BCHL Interior Division

Kamloops woman sues Armstrong IPE for Slingshot mishap

Woman claims ride gone wrong caused injury, loss of wages and other damages

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Alleged drunk driver survives crash into Kettle River

The crash happened Saturday near Grand Forks

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Most Read