Community centre in historic Clarington hamlet getting accessibility upgrades

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Published February 8, 2024 at 3:52 pm

Tyrone Community Centre

The local community centre in the historic hamlet of Tyrone will be getting much-needed accessibility upgrades, with completion of the work expected by 2025.

Tyrone Community Centre, located in north Clarington – not far from the birthplace of General Motors Canada founder Robert ‘Sam’ McLaughlin, as well as Tyrone Mills (1846), will be getting an accessible washroom at the front, an expanded barrier-free washroom at the back of the building and accessible doors throughout the facility.

This project is funded in part by the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund, which has awarded Clarington $100,000 for the project. The fund provides financial support for projects that create opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in their communities and workplaces.

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster said the municipality recognizes how important it is that all people can “live, work, and play with dignity, respect, and independence.”

“That’s why the Municipality is committed to removing accessibility barriers in all our communities,” he said, adding that staff and council will be working closely with the Tyrone Community Centre Hall Board and the Accessibility Advisory Committee to make sure that the project meets the community’s needs.

“Together, we are building a more inclusive future in Clarington,” Foster declared. “Accessibility is a fundamental human right, and these renovations are an important step to making sure that everyone can participate fully in our community.”

Tyrone Community Centre Board of Directors Chair Danielle Carroll said she was “excited” to partner with the municipality.

“Our small-town community centre has had to turn away renters and visitors because of accessibility challenges. We cannot wait to open our doors to people of all abilities.”

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