Do you want to get in the water? Or sweat in a sauna? Soak in the hot tub? Find it daunting to wear a bathing suit in public? Thinking of going to the pool but don't want to use a gendered change room? Need the staff to know how to use the mechanical lift, and have the stairs into the pool close to the change rooms? Don't want to have to wear a bathing suit top?
Trans folk, queers, people of colour, fatties, scars, fur, mobility aids, inked, pierced... This is a pool party celebrating all bodies. Let's ally and get wet!
Children are welcome.
We can hang at the pool. Use whatever non-gendered change rooms and bathrooms you want, which will be marked for accessible features.
All Bodies Swim is a volunteer-run grassroots group organizing body-positive nights at a public pool. We work to creatively resist society's pressures to fit unhealthy and impossible Western body image ideals.
If you would like to support us with your time please contact us about doing one of the following:
-postering and promotional outreach
-working the door
-being welcoming and friendly to new and shy attendees
Suggested donation at the door is $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds or excess money.
The pool is two blocks from the #10, #16, and #7 bus stops and 3 blocks from the #135 stop at Nanaimo and Hastings. There is a parking lot with free parking on site.
Entrance is ground level, with an automated door at front entrance. Both change rooms will be designated gender neutral for the night, and everyone is free to use whichever they choose. Outside windows are covered for privacy. The pool and hot tub are chlorinated. The pool deck is small (1") tiles. The hot tub and pool are sunk from ground level. The pool has both steps and ladders, rope swing, diving board and slide to enter. There is also a wheelchair lift that lifeguards can deploy at any time to provide additional assistance for entering and exiting the main large pool.
The audit of Templeton Pool was performed on April 29, 2012 by the Radical Access Mapping Project with the kind assistance of the good folks at the All Bodies Swim. You can learn more about this fabulous body-positive event here: http://allbodiesswim.org/.
You can learn more about the Mapping Project and find other audited spaces here:
If you would like a space audited, or have questions about accessibilit/ies in general, or this audit in specific, please contact email@example.com and let's talk!
Overview of Templeton Pool - Just the Basics: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11dUSKkPGsG4G5risMu0ChG8pGKT3D3pvKsU4qCsKW6Y/edit
Full Audit of Templeton Pool- The Nitty Gritty: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkEveutSlMoVdE1SSjdjb1duZ2NncFhYZjJzdUJKQmc
Please message us with any accessibility questions, concerns, or feedback.
Want to help us promote this event?
Past posters and fliers downloadable for printing here:
(to be updated when a link is available!)
Thank you to Skiddy Smith designs!
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