At our October community meeting, BIST members had the opportunity to find out how Variety Village can help keep us in shape. Sherri Risto (Wood), Variety Village’s coordinator of rehabilitation to community and education, talked about Variety Village’s amazing facilities which are open to all abilities and for all ages.
Where is it?
Facilities at Variety Village include:
- A 200 meter track, made with MondoTrack foam, with lanes for walking, running and wheelchairs.
- Parallel bars
- Wood-floored basketball courts
- A cardio and weight room with fully accessible equipment
The Aquatic Centre
- A warm pool, kept at 84ºC with bridge blocks separating the deep and shallow ends
- A deep end that’s 4.27 meters, with accessible entrances such as a chair lift, built-in stairs and a ramp
- Pool walking programs, which are easier to do than being on land but offer the benefits of the water’s resistance, which helps develop muscle
- A hot pool to relax in, kept at 90ºC
Some of Variety Village’s programs are fee for service, and others are included with the cost of membership. They include:
- Chair Fitness and Seated Zumba
- T.I.M.E (Together in Movement and Exercise) – an exercise program designed for people with balance and mobility challenges, including brain injury survivors
How much does it cost?
Membership at Variety Village depends on factors such as age (they have adult, youth, child and senior memberships) and income. Folks on social assistance such as ODSP can get a subsidized rate of $210 a year (or $17.50 a month.) Find out about their other membership rates here.
3701 Danforth Avenue (east of Birchmount)
BIST’s next community meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 24 from 6-8 p.m. (topic TBA) at the Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd