August 2023: The Snoezelen Room, located in Agincourt Recreation Centre, is closed until further notice due to technical issues.
The City is continually improving accessibility at its facilities. If you have any questions about specific facilities (pools, arenas, community centres) and the accessibility options, please call ahead and/or arrange a visit beforehand. Visit our recreation/community centre listing.
To ensure that individuals with disabilities can access physical therapy, two community centre locations (Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre and York Recreation Centre) will continue to be available for physical therapy use.
Individuals will be required to provide a medical certificate issued by a regulated medical practitioner with the prescribed activity stated and confirmation of a disability.
Residents do not need to book an appointment in advance. Drop in at the selected times to use the therapy pool for physical therapy use.
Residents must book an appointment in advance by calling or visiting the centre. Appointments will become available on Mondays at 9 a.m. for the following week on a first come/call basis.
Swimming can be an opportunity to feel freedom through weightlessness. Over time, pools are being retrofitted for accessibility:
Some of our City pools are designated as Warm Pools. These pools have a minimum temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit to accommodate those with muscular, circulatory or neurological impairments requiring warmer temperatures.
|Etobicoke/York||Gus Ryder Pool and Health Club||416-394-8726||Warm Water||87-88°F/30-31°C|
|North York||Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre||416-395-7585||Therapeutic||100-102°F/38-39°C|
|Scarborough||Agincourt Community Recreation Centre||416-396-8343||Warm Water||90-92°F/32-33°C|
|Birchmount Community Centre||416-396-4018||Warm Water||90-92°F/32-33°C|
|West Toronto/York||Mary McCormick Recreation Centre||416-392-0742||Warm Water||88°F/31°C|
|Scadding Court Community Centre||416-392-0335||Warm Water||88°F/31°C|
Some of these outdoor swimming pools may meet the needs of customers requiring extra physical accessibility. Contact pool staff to determine if the facility will meet your needs.
Visit the Alex Duff Memorial Pool facility page.
Visit the Amos Waites Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Broadlands Community Centre facility page.
Visit the Fairhaven Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Gihon Spring Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Glen Long Community Centre facility page.
Telephone: Telephone: 416-392-7804
Visit the Greenwood Park facility page.
Telephone: Telephone: 416-396-4035
Visit the Heron Park Community Centre facility page.
Telephone: Telephone: 416-392-7807
Visit the High Park facility page.
Visit the Kidstown – Water Park facility page.
Visit the Kiwanis Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Leaside Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Ledbury Park facility page.
Visit the McGregor Park Community Centre facility page.
Visit the Monarch Park facility page.
Visit the Northwood Community Centre facility page.
Visit the Oakdale Community Centre facility page.
Visit the Oriole Community Centre facility page.
Visit the Park Lawn Park facility page.
Visit the Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Pine Point Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Richmond Gardens Pool facility page.
Visit the Riverdale Park East facility page.
Visit the Roding Community Centre facility page.
Visit the Rotary Peace Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Wedgewood Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the West Deane Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the West Mall Outdoor Pool facility page.
Visit the Westmount Park Outdoor Pool facility page.
Sledges are adaptive skating devices that give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in leisure skate and hockey activities.
Sledges are available to the public for use during leisure skate programs at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.
Call the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Services Hotline at 416-395-6128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a sledge a minimum of 10 business days in advance of its intended use.
A few questions are asked as part of the request process. Once the request is completed, City staff will arrange transportation of the sledge to the appropriate rink and will confirm drop-off with the patron.
For information regarding skate helmet requirements, visit Drop-in Skating.
Skate aids are available at locations on a first come first serve basis, based on availability. Check with on-site staff if you require a skate aid.
Both manual and powered wheelchairs are welcome on the ice during leisure skate times. Check in with on-site staff to learn how to access the ice.
Help us keep the ice clean and safe. If you are using a wheelchair, sledge, or approved skate aid, please ensure they do not track salt or dirt onto the ice surface.
The Snoezelen Room provides a tranquil, multi-sensory environment that allows individuals with disabilities to enjoy gentle stimulation of the primary senses, including visual, tactile and auditory. The user can relax and have the opportunity to choose an activity at their own pace.
The Snoezelen Room is located inside the Agincourt Recreation Centre at 31 Glen Watford Dr. in Scarborough.
Snoezelen originated in Holland in the 1970s as a recreational environment for adults with intellectual disabilities. The term “Snoezelen” is derived from two Dutch words meaning to “seek out or to explore” and to “relax”. Snoezelen is based on the idea that everyone needs quality leisure time. This room provides individuals with disabilities a time of relaxation and enjoyment in a stimulating environment.
Snoezelen can be enjoyed by everyone, though the greatest benefit is observed with individuals with disabilities, including those with sensory processing, behavioural, intellectual and physical challenges.
Benefits of regular sessions aid in the improvement of physical and mental health, an increase in attention span, memory and relaxation, a decrease in negative behaviours, and an overall increase in the quality of life for the user.
To book the Snoezelen Room, contact the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Hotline at 416-395-6128.
An AccessAbility® Table is a universally-designed accessible picnic table perfect for all outdoor recreation areas. Constructed of galvanized steel, stainless steel and plastic wood, all components are maintenance-free, have a long lifespan and are recyclable. The stainless steel centre can be personalized with an etched dedication and/or company logo, and a built-in chessboard provides an opportunity for recreational interaction. Riverdale Park East has six of these tables located throughout the park.