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Keystone unveils accessibility upgrades

11.10.2017 17:29
By: Craig Becker

Three north arenas see the upgrades

Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The Keystone Centre has unveiled its new accessible features for three of their arenas.

David Kron of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba says there are now ramps and risers installed, giving the mobility-challenged access to seating in the Kinsmen and Enns Brothers Arenas - and the Westoba Agriculture Center show ring is also now accessible.

Kron says this is the third project for Keystone they've raised funds for in the past five years.

The organization has helped fund two sets of automatic doors for the centre, and now the accessible ramps.

The installations come on the heels of meetings between local organizations, including the Keystone Centre, Community Living Brandon, and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba, where they were identified as requirements for community inclusiveness.

The upgrades have come at a cost of $30, 000 with funding provided by the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund - through the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada.

For their part, the Cerebral Palsy Association says they had help fund raising from The Firefighters Charity and the Manitoba Hydro's Charity Fund as well as the Westman Cerebral Palsy Stationary Bike Fund.

"Westman Cerebral Palsy Association is proud to partner with the Keystone Centre and Government of Canada, making these arenas accessible for Westman's handicap population," says Westman Cerebral Palsy Association Chair Tom Czerkawski.

"The more work and the more accessibility we make in the community, the more people get in touch with us, and actually, the more you put into the community, the community gives back - and Brandon is great for that."