AccessibilityThe Richmond Oval was designed above and beyond accessibility standards and is completely barrier-free, both from athletic and spectator perspectives. The Richmond Accessibility Committee, VANOC’s expert barrier-free design staff and the Oval’s architectural team have worked closely together to uphold these standards.
The landscape surrounding the building is a virtually flat plane made of a wheelchair-friendly surface material, and the main bridge over the canal linking to River Road is designed to ensure easy crossing for all. Rest stops and seating areas are plentiful both inside and outside the building.
The Oval’s elevators are extra-large capacity and every entrance and exit for fire and safety and general building access is barrier-free. Washrooms are equipped with door-less entry, easy-to-enter stalls, and lowered countertops. All change rooms, locker rooms and fields of play are completely accessible, with plans for a wheelchair sport team room in the works.
The Oval is one of the most accessible venues of its size, allowing it to host a wide variety of events for both able-bodied and mobility-challenged athletes.
In addition to fully accessible playing fields, the rowing, paddling and fitness centres will be completely adaptable for wheelchair use.