Tour to highlight accessibility work at Veterans Stadium

Published on Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:08
Written by the Office of Mayor Erin Stewart

NEW BRITAIN - Mayor Erin Stewart, along with staff from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, will hold a guided tour of recent Americans with Disabilities Act renovations at Veterans Stadium on Tuesday, July 18.

The tour, which will showcase the improved accessibility that resulted from a $774,000 renovation, will be held at 2 p.m. at the stadium, 230 John Karbonic Way. Stewart will be accompanied by Parks and Recreation Director Erik Barbieri and members of the New Britain Commission on Disabilities.

The renovations gave the stadium a much-needed facelift and brought it up to code. The following is a list of upgrades and improvements:

- Four new wheelchair ramps added at each corner of the stadium for bleacher access.

- Three new aluminum step stairways added to each entrance and exit on both the home and visiting sides (six in total).

- New aluminum riser widened walkways across bleachers on both the home and visiting sides. This includes new meshing, fencing, handrails, more wheelchair parking areas, more handicapped seats and additional companion seating

- Four newly renovated concession stands, including lower serving windows to accommodate people with disabilities

- Two renovated locker rooms including new antimicrobial laminate floors, spacious lockers and handicapped accessible bathroom and shower facilities

- Updated handicapped bathroom stalls in men’s and women’s bathrooms on the visitors side.

The architectural and engineering firm that designed the project was Kaestle Boos Inc. of New Britain. M&M Inc./Aresco Construction of Middletown was the general contractor.

The facility is now fully accessible and up to code for federal and state ADA standards.

“New Britain prides itself on being a welcoming community to individuals of all backgrounds and abilities,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “We are grateful that these renovations have been completed in order to make Veterans Stadium a friendly arena for all the athletes and attendees who visit.”

Funding for the renovations came from Citywide Park ADA Improvement local bonding.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:08. Updated: Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:11.