By Rosalind Russell – Although the Espanola Public Library currently meets Ontario’s Accessibility requirements, providing barrier-free entry and sufficient space for those with scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers, Library CEO Rosemary Rae wanted to see improvements in the restroom.
Ray says up to 80 % of the cost of the project, estimated at $15,000, can be covered under the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund grant, which the town applied for in early November.
She adds thanks to Unifor Local 74, which donated just over $3,000, the local portion, the library can move ahead with the renovation, which will allow for the installation of door-openers to the restroom area.
She adds the work will begin soon.
Photo: Johnathan Nadeau of Local 74 presents cheque to Rosemary Rae, CEO of the Espanola Public Library to go towards renovating the doors to the restroom for greater access assisting those with mobility issues. Photo provided by Espanola Public Library