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Accessible Washroom Trailer, All-terrain Chair Focus of New Tecumseth Advisory Committee Discussion

Committee exploring ways to make events and amenities easier to enjoy for people who use wheelchairs and walkers Brad Pritchard
Alliston Herald
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

New Tecumseth’s accessibility advisory committee is exploring ways to make the town’s events and amenities easier to enjoy for people who use wheelchairs and walkers.

At its Jan. 26 meeting, the committee discussed the benefits of providing an accessible washroom trailer at community events like the Alliston Potato Festival, Beeton Honey Festival and Tottenham Community Week.

Renting a trailer would cost about $3,000 per event and purchasing one would cost more than $100,000. If the town was to purchase one, there would be additional costs to maintain and insure the trailer.

The committee is also looking into the feasibility of purchasing an all-terrain chair that could be used at the beach at the Tottenham Conservation Area and also on trails.

It was proposed the chair could be loaned to residents for free, and if it is well used, another chair could be purchased in future years for residents to use at the Rotary Pool in Alliston.

Purchasing a mobility mat for the beach had been previously considered, but members favoured the chair for its versatility.

Both ideas will be revisited again at the committee’s meeting in May, and then recommendations will be forwarded to council for a final decision.

Brad Pritchard is the reporter/photographer for The Alliston Herald. Over the past decade he has worked as a community journalist in Simcoe County and Toronto. You can reach him at .

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