The Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool (BVSP) is ADA compliant.
Thanks to a grant from the Ellwood Group, the pool now features a handicapped accessible lift that can lower people into the pool and raise them back out at the touch of a waterproof button, according to Pool Director Lee Bryan.
The Global Lift Corp. rotational lift has a capacity of 375 pounds. The operator can sit, use the remote control to put the seat over the water, push another button to submerge the seat in the 4-foot deep section of the pool, and step out.
Phyllis Wolfe demonstrates the new handicapped accessible lift at the Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool.
According to U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, public pools with greater than 300-foot perimeter must have two handicapped accessible entry points.
The BVSP now features two accessible points of entry, the lift and a compliant pool access ladder installed last year, Bryan said.