Intentional planning plays an important role in our everyday lives. While spontaneity can be exciting, planning ahead helps us be ready for a myriad of situations and can lead to a more sustainable way of living. From meal preparation to time management, thinking ahead helps maintain healthy and efficient lives. Proper planning can also eliminate the unintentional exclusion of others. Anticipating the needs and potential limitations of visitors, York Stadium Park has taken action in creating a more inclusive outdoor environment for their spectators.
Located just north of Lake Ontario, York Stadium Park is situated comfortably in its urban setting in York, part of the City of Toronto. The park, which once housed a stadium (“Borough of York Stadium, Toronto”), sits upon an old landfill that was closed down in the 1950’s (Micallef). Noting areas for improvement, the city recently executed a plan to provide the park with accessible seating options for all. With a strong reputation for quality products and service, Sport Systems was hired for the job.
With AODA requirements in mind, our team provided the park with two custom bleachers. Each
unit is thirty feet long and includes five rows of seating. The most important feature of this installation, however, are the four wheelchair-accessible options included. Now, no matter what their abilities or needs are, every spectator is able to view soccer and football games with ease and comfort, enjoying safe and equal access for all.
“Borough of York Stadium, Toronto.” National Soccer League, https://thecnsl.com/borough-of-york-stadium/.
Micallef, Shawn. “Exploding Garages, Human Torches and Forbidden Playing Fields: What Past Landscape Mistakes in Toronto Have to Say about Today's Rush to Reopen under COVID.” Toronto Star, 15 June 2020, https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/06/15/exploding-garages-