Variety Village

Toronto, Ontario

Project Description

Variety Village’s infrastructure Improvement project, “Open Doors Project”, will replace 11 doors throughout the recreational facility (including change rooms, washrooms, and administrative areas) with new accessible doors. With 50% of the Variety Village’s membership having some form of disability, the installations will provide accessible access to the community space for its many members with disabilities.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    As a charitable organization, Variety Village is a unique community that transforms lives through inclusive physical activity and education for every phase of life. As part of our facility renewal plan for our aging infrastructure, old and obsolete doors were identified by our membership as a high priority for replacement. Fifty percent of our members (approximately 2,500 people) have a disclosed disability and it is our goal to provide them with greater access to the amenities and programs at Variety Village.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    The new doors will provide more access to the facility for people with disabilities in our community. In addition to members, Variety Village serves thousands more through our education and outreach programs and special events. Variety Village has over 80,000 visits per year and the new accessible doors will make it possible for all members of our community to move through our 168,000 sq. ft. facility with ease.

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    Being a Barrier Buster allows us to identify and correct barriers to access for thousands of people with disabilities. By providing people with disabilities more opportunities to participate in an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment we, and our community, are accomplishing our common goal.