Price Community Center to get more upgrades

HARRINGTON — Visitors to the Price Community Center will soon have better access to the facility thanks to additional building improvements.

Last year, the Harrington City Council approved bathroom renovations to the facility to offer restrooms which were compliant with regulations found in the American Disability Act. But that wasn’t all that was needed, according to Harrington Parks & Recreations Director Bill Falasco.

“The one is wider now. We even added braille to the sign. That was a good step, but just a step,” he explained.

With a price tag of more than $16,000, this year’s focus is on the entryway to the building after the council approved the plan for improvements during the July 18 meeting. The builders will need to supply drawings to prove their plans comply with regulations.

As a community building, the goal is to remain easily accessible to all for a variety of functions, Mr. Falasco explained. But that isn’t always possible in its current condition.

“These steps,” Mr. Falasco began, “they’re concrete, but they’re torn up. When you step down, your foot shouldn’t be hanging off. And they’re too steep.”

In addition to replacing the steps, Mr. Falasco said they plan to add sturdy pillars and replace the older ramp.

“It was functional when they first put it in, but now it’s well worn. It’s been here since I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s too tight. You can see just by looking at the ramp that it would be difficult to get into the building with a wheelchair.”

The wooden ramp will be replaced with a wider ramp. The platform at the top of the steps and ramp will also be altered to make it level and easier for visitors needing easier accessibility.

The kitchen and floors to the building were also renovated in recent years to accommodate its active use.

Mr. Falasco said a church currently rents the building every Wednesday night and Sunday. It is also frequently used by other groups and organizations.

“This is a public building. We need to take care of it,” he said.

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