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.

Find out about using City facilities for Adapted and Inclusive programs during COVID-19

Ten community centre locations and two swimming pools are open to ensure individuals with disabilities can access physical therapy.

To ensure that individuals with disabilities can access physical therapy during COVID-19, 10 community centre locations and two swimming pools are available.

Under provincial regulations, 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.

At each visit, users must complete a health screening, sign in and present their medical certificate.

Follow the City’s Dos and Don’ts guidelines and comply with mandatory public health measures.

For Fitness Centres and Walking Tracks

  • Applicable fees or memberships apply
  • Visits are limited to 90 minutes
  • Facilities must be used for physical therapy activities only
  • Masks are required in all areas of the facility and should be worn as much as possible during exercise
  • Residents who meet the provincial requirements must book an appointment in advance by

For Swimming Pools

  • Leisure swim is free
  • Visits are limited to 45 minutes
  • A support worker, a healthcare provider or therapist, or a service animal is also allowed but not required
  • Pool capacities are in effect and physical distancing of three metres is required at all times
  • Arrive dressed ready to swim. Pool users can use change rooms to shower but locker use is restricted
  • Residents who meet the provincial requirements must book an appointment in advance by calling the centre

Book an appointment in advance by:

Community Centres available for physical therapy, hours and amenities
Facility Info Hours Amenities
Albion Pool and Health Club

  • 1501 Albion Rd.
  • Telephone: 416-394-8676
Monday to Friday,
2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • fitness centre
  • weight room
East York Community Centre

  • 1081 Pape Ave.
  • Telephone: 416-396-2880
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday and Sunday,
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • fitness centre with accessible equipment
  • gymnasium walk
Edithvale Community Centre

  • 131 Finch Ave. W.
  • Telephone: 416-395-6164
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • fitness centre
  • walking track
Etobicoke Olympium

  • 590 Rathburn Rd.
  • Telephone: 416-394-8111
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • fitness centre
  • weight room
  • walking track
  • gymnasium walk
L’Amoreaux Community Centre

  • 2000 McNicoll Ave.
  • Telephone: 416-396-4510
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • fitness centre with accessible equipment
  • gymnasium walk
Parkway Forest Community Centre

  • 55 Forest Manor Rd.
  • Telephone: 416-392-6383
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • fitness centre with accessible equipment
  • walking track
Port Union Community Recreation Centre

  • 5450 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Telephone: 416-396-4031
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • fitness centre
St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre

  • 230 The Esplanade
  • Telephone: 416-392-1347
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • fitness centre with accessible equipment
  • gymnasium walk
Wallace Emerson Community Centre

  • 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Telephone: 416-392-0039
Monday to Sunday,
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • fitness centre with accessible equipment
  • gymnasium walk
York Recreation Centre

  • 115 Black Creek Dr.
  • Telephone: 416-392-9675
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • fitness centre with accessible equipment
  • walking track

 

Book an appointment in advance by calling the centre.

Swimming pools available for physical therapy and hours
Facility Info Hours
Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre

  • 5100 Yonge St.
  • Telephone: 416-395-7585
Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

York Recreation Centre

  • 115 Black Creek Dr.
  • Telephone: 416-392-9675
Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The City of Toronto can make skate aids and sledges available to the public for use during leisure skate programs at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.

Request a Sledge or Skate Aid

Call the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Services Hotline at 416-395-6128 or email aiscw@toronto.ca.

A few questions are asked as part of the request process. Once the request is completed, City staff will arrange transportation of the sledge/skate aid to the appropriate rink and confirm with the patron. Please allow ten workdays to complete the request.

A Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved hockey helmet is required for children under the age of six but is strongly recommended for all skaters.

Hockey Sledges

Sledges are adaptive skating devices that give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in leisure skate and hockey activities.

Skate Horses

The Skate Horse is a device designed to assist with balance and support when learning how to skate. It has

  • a solid three-point frame
  • an adjustable seat for resting one’s legs
  • and adjustable handlebars.

Skate horses are only available during leisure skate. There are two sizes, child and adult, and can accommodate people aged three and up.

Skate horses are not a ride-on toy. Supervision and assistance should be provided by the parent or guardian.

Wheelchairs

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, stroller or approved skate aid, please ensure they do not track salt or dirt onto the ice surface.

Due to a fire at Agincourt Recreation Centre in February 2019, the Snoezelen Room is closed.

The Snoezelen Room is a multi-sensory environment filled with lighting effects, shapes, textures, soft music and colours. It creates a stress-free environment designed specifically for individuals with disabilities.

The Snoezelen Room is located inside the Agincourt Recreation Centre at 31 Glen Watford Dr. in Scarborough.

The History of Snoezelen

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.

Who is Snoezelen for?

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 aids 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.

Booking

To book the Snoezelen Room, contact the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Hotline.

  • Cost: $7 per 45-minute session
  • Book at least 48 hours in advance
  • It’s recommended to arrive 15-minutes before your first visit to complete an assessment form
  • Notice of cancellation is required 24 hours in advance to avoid charges

Swimming can be an opportunity to feel freedom through weightlessness. Over time, pools are being retrofitted for accessibility:

  • Aquatic Chairs are plastic waterproof chairs used to transfer people from the change room to the pool, and the pool to the change room. This prevents people from getting their own wheelchairs wet.
  • Lift Chairs are mechanical devices that transfer people from the deck to the swimming pool, and the swimming pool to the deck.

Warm Water Pools

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.

District Location Phone Pool Type Temperature
(Fahrenheit/Celcius)
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
Toronto/East York Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre 416-338-2237 Warm Water
Therapeutic
86°F/30°C
99°F/37°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

Riverdale Park East has an accessible picnic table underneath the pergola. This successful gathering space is well used primarily by the patients at the Bridgepoint Active Healthcare facility.

Commemorative AccessAbility® Table

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.

Commemorate a special event or a person with an accessible picnic table located in a City of Toronto park. This program represents a joint venture between the Ontario March of Dimes and the City of Toronto. The Ontario March of Dimes is a non-profit organization. They developed the AccessAbility® Table and they’re dedicated to creating a society inclusive of people with disabilities.

For more information please contact:

Elaine Darling at Ontario March of Dimes