Diamondbacks Foundation grant helps fund Ability360 renovations

Using a $100,000 Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Award, the Ability360 Aquatic Center’s three fully adaptive pools are undergoing a top-to-bottom remodeling that includes new heaters, new plaster, new elevator chairs and leveling the therapy pool depth to four feet, among other improvements.

The Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, located at 5025 E. Washington St. in Phoenix, is undergoing a major renovation of its Aquatic Center thanks to a $100,000 grant provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Award.

The 40-plus day renovation of the Lap Pool, Therapy Pool and Spa started Dec. 5 with completion expected in late February when a special open house and ribbon cutting event will be scheduled.

Ability360 received the grant at the D-backs’ 10th Annual Evening on the Diamond in April as part of a total donation of $1 million to 12 local nonprofit organizations. Overall, 63 Grand Slam Awards totaling more than $5.2 million have been distributed since 2002.

“The Aquatic Center pools are among our most important resources for both therapy and simple enjoyment by our members and the community at large,” said Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center Vice President and General Manager Gus LaZear.

“With support from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, we will be able to update, upgrade and improve the pool’s features which, in turn, will provide an even better experience.”

The pools are used by disabled and able-bodied individuals, Mr. LaZear said, and are supervised by certified and trained Ability360 staff members.

The Lap Pool features an elevator lift, hydraulic lift and transfer station for entry. Pool depth ranges from 4 feet, 6 inches to 10 feet with the deep end suitable for scuba diving.  The pool is heated between 80 and 84 degrees.

The Therapy Pool also features elevator and hydraulic lifts and transfer access and is heated between 88 and 92 degrees. Renovation will include leveling the depth to an even four feet from the current range of three to five feet.

The spa, with hydraulic lift and transfer access, is three-feet deep and is heated to a maximum of 102 degrees.

Complete information about the pools, including pool rules and safety, can be found at www.ability360.org/sports/aquatics.

Established in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation focuses its efforts on three main areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare, and children’s programs of all types, including education and youth baseball field development.

Through fundraising activities, the organization and the team’s charitable arm has raised and donated more than $49 million to the Arizona community. The Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards is part of the organization’s overall charitable efforts and has awarded 63 grants totaling more than $5 million since the program was founded in 2002.

The Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St., Ste. 200, Phoenix.

For information, visit www.ability360.org.

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