The Irving Oil Field House, operated by the YMCA of Greater Saint John contains a universal locker room. This is a shared space, but allows people to change in their own private cubicle rather than changing in front of others. Cubicles vary in size; some can accommodate a family of five, wheelchair users and attendants, or just individual users. There are also cubicles equipped with private showers.
In addition to being an effective use of space, this style locker room has other features:
· Washrooms and showers remain private.
· The design allows for greater safety and security of patrons. Parents can bring children of both sexes into the common room and still have a private cubicle.
· It permits staff of either sex to supervise the change room.
· The design meets the legislated accessibility requirements for disabled persons at recreation facilities, and is easier for people who have an attendant of the opposite sex.
Inclusivity is a core value for the YMCA and similar to the Family Change Room at the Saint John Regional Y facility, this universal model will allow for a more accessible and inclusive space in the community.
The universal room is only available to YMCA members. Beyond the change room, the Irving Oil Field House includes eight team rooms for recreation groups renting space in the facility.